The Church of Santa Barbara is an interesting monastic complex, an example of the structures used for harbouring women during the 17th century. The dome cover was built in an octagonal shaped design. A small patio in the centre of the structure is surrounded by small partitions used for baking bread.
The Chapel of Sant’Ana, “Ermida de Recolhimento Sant’Ana” – The chapel was refurbished during the 18th century in baroque style and a bell tower was added. All that remains from the original building is one wall.
Construída para defesa da cidade contra os corsários tal como o Reduto da Mãe de Deus, igual e estrategicamente erigido para defesa de Ponta Delgada, hoje interessante miradouro sobre a cidade que também merece uma visita atenta.
The “Forte de São Brás”, constructed during the renaissance period (1552) was designed by the Italian Tommaso Benedetto. A monument to the sailors fallen during World War I is exhibited here in addition to a bust of Teófilo Braga, (President of the interim government of 1910). It was used to defend the city against the pirates along with the “Mãe de Deus” fortress which was also erected with the same purpose and is presently a lookout point.
O convento (Palácio da Conceição) é hoje sede de vários departamentos governamentais da Região.
Of further interest is The Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, “Nossa Senhora da Conceição”, an 18th century construction. The doorway, windows, and the main altar all exhibit signs of baroque influence. Polychrome carvings decorate the high altar, along with religious statues from the same time.
It is next to the old convent, now the Palace “Palácio da Conceição”, the seat of various government offices.