Central Zone of the Town of Angra do Heroismo in the Azores

UNESCO RegionEurope and North America
LocationRégion autonome des Açores
CoordinatesN38 39 18 W27 13 12
Inscription Date1983
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo be an outstanding example of a type of building; architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history
CriteriaTo be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions; with ideas; or with beliefs; with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance
All ThreatsMarine transport infrastructure
All ThreatsManagement systems/ management plan
Unesco Reference Number206
State of Conservation Reporthttp://whc.unesco.org/en/soc/?action=list&id_site=206
DescriptionSituated on one of the islands in the Azores archipelago, this was an obligatory port of call from the 15th century until the advent of the steamship in the 19th century. The 400-year-old San Sebastião and San João Baptista fortifications are unique examples of military architecture. Damaged by an earthquake in 1980, Angra is now being restored.
StatusWorld Heritage Site