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Historical Azorean Heritage

Typical Azorean houses are found in almost all coastal municipalities. The ones that are most prominent are in the historic areas of São Francisco do Sul, Florianópolis and Laguna, with well-preserved century-old buildings, built with mortar that mixed shells and whale oil. The impressive Portuguese forts, dating back to the eighteenth century, should also be visited. The boat ride to the island of Anhatomirim (Governador Celso Ramos), to see the Fortaleza de Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz Fortress) is an attraction in itself.

Costa Verde e Mar

Balneário Camboriú

Bairro da Barra
Typically Azorean fishing village that preserves the cultural heritage of the colonists in gastronomy, crafts and its historic buildings such the Church of Our Lady of Good Success (known as the Igreja de Santo Amaro), Casa Linhares and the Praça dos Pescadores.


Historic Center
The district preserves important architectural heritage, such as the Marcos Konder Oalace (built in 1925, and home to the Itajaí History Museum), Casa Burghardt (built in 1904, and where the Cultural Foundation and Municipal Art Gallery operate), Casa Malburg, Dide Brandão Cultural Center, the Municipal Library mansion, the Hotel Rota do Mar (inaugurated in 1897), Casa Konder and Casa Lins (home to the Center for Documentation and Historic memory).

Municipal Public Market

the building from 1917 includes craft stores and restaurants and is the main meeting point for the city’s bohemians. On Saturdays there are music shows of Brazilian popular music, ‘chorinho’ and samba. Av. Ministro Victor Konder, Praça Félix Busso Asseburg, s/n, Centro. Temporarily closed for renovations.


Armação do Itapocorói
The fishing village that was the heart of Azorean colonization in the region. On the 800 m coastline we can highlight the traditional vessels from artisan fishing, as well as dozens of restaurants specialized in seafood.

Grande Florianópolis


Luso-Azorean Architectural Unit and Ethnographic Museum House of the Azores
Formed by the Igreja São Miguel Arcanjo (Church São Miguel Arcanjo), the two-storey house where there is the Museu Etnográfico Casa dos Açores and the aqueduct, the unit was listed by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN). The museum gathers together handicraft, miniatures of flour mills, antiquities, photographs, a specialized library and historical documents. Tuesday thru Sunday, from 9am to 5pm.
BR-101, Km 189, Balneário de São Miguel. Phone: (48) 3243-4166.

Centro Cultural Casa do Barão
Built in 1891, it is one of the few preserved historical buildings in the central district of Biguaçu. Currently it is composed of an information center, virtual library, exhibition halls and by the Municipal Academy of Letters. Monday thru Friday, from 1pm to 10pm.
Praça Nereu Ramos, 160 – Centro. Phone: (48) 3285-8061




Ponte Hercílio Luz
One of the largest suspension bridges in the world, 821 m long. It was inaugurated in 1926 and closed for traffic in 1982 (it is currently being revamped). Although it has no traces of Portuguese and Azorean architecture, predominant in Florianópolis, the Ponte Hercílio Luz is deeply linked to the capital of Santa Catarina, being its main postcard.

Centro Histórico
The Center of Florianópolis gathers together a series of constructions of historical importance. Do not fail to visit the Catedral Metropolitana, of 1753; the Praça XV de Novembro (November 15 Square), where there is the centenary fig tree; the Palácio Cruz e Souza (Cruz and Souza Palace), built in the 18th century (currently the seat of the Museu Histórico de Santa Catarina (Historical Museum of Santa Catarina)); the Teatro Álvaro de Carvalho (Álvaro de Carvalho Theater) (totally restored and in activity); the house in which the famous painter Victor Meirelles was born and also the Mercado Público (Public Market) and Casa da Alfândega (Customs House) where colonial products and handicraft from all over the state are sold.

Catedral Metropolitana de Florianópolis
The monument most visited in the capital, it has a beautiful collection of holy art, a German organ and main musical clock with five bells. It was listed by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN). Center.

Igreja São Francisco de Assis e Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosário e São Benedito
Listed by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN). Center.

Engenho Caminho dos Açores
A rustic construction which portrays the mills which existed on the Island of Santa Catarina, which have since disappeared or been adulterated. Rua Caminho dos Açores, 1.180, Santo Antônio de Lisboa.

Fortaleza de São José da Ponta Grossa
Concluded in 1744, it was listed by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN). Daily, from 9am to 12pm and from 1pm to 5pm. Located between the beaches of Forte and Jurerê Internacional, in the north of the Island.

Fortaleza de Santo Antônio de Ratones
Concluded in 1744, it was listed by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN). Daily, from 9am to 5pm. Located on the Ilha de Ratones Grande. Phone: (48) 3721-8302.

Santo Antônio de Lisboa
Ancient center of Azorean colonization, located on the path of the beaches of the north of the Island, with mansions of the time and a good choice of restaurants specialized in seafood. It is one of the best places to admire the sunset and the Ponte Hercílio Luz.

Ribeirão da Ilha
Located in the south of the Island, it was the first inhabited community of Florianópolis. Even today one can appreciate the ancient houses of Azorean style which are, together with the oyster sea farms (the region is one of the most productive in shellfish in Brazil), the main attractions of the place. There is a good choice of restaurants specialized in oysters and seafood.

Igreja Imaculada Nossa Senhora da Conceição
Rua Rita Lourenço da Silveira, 88 - Lagoa da Conceição.

Igreja São Sebastião do Rio Tavares (Capela do Campeche)
Rua Auroreal, 260. Campeche.

Igreja Nossa Senhora da Lapa
Rua Alberto Cavalheiro, 238. Ribeirão da Ilha.

Igreja Nossa Senhora das Necessidades
Estrada Caminho dos Açores, 2.350. Santo Antônio de Lisboa.

Igreja São Francisco de Paula
Rodovia Tertuliano Brito Xavier, 2201. Canasvieiras.

Governador Celso Ramos

Capela Nossa Senhora da Piedade
Dated from 1745, it has a Portuguese colonial style. It was listed by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN).
Village of Armação da Piedade.

Fortaleza de Santa Cruz
Located on the Ilha de Anhatomirim. Open daily, from 9am to 5pm.
Phone: (48) 3721-8302

São José

Beco da Carioca
Water source built in 1840 from a spring with the function of public place for washing clothes, used mainly by the slaves. Rua Irineu Comelli, beside the Parish Church. Historical Center.

Praça Hercílio Luz
It gathers together commemorative statues and monuments. Historical Center.

Praça Arnoldo de Souza
It houses the Monument to the Azoreans, erected in the probable place where the first Azorean immigrants, founders of the town, landed. Historical Center.

Casa da Cultura/Casa da Câmara e Cadeia
Built in 1859, in a Portuguese colonial style. Monday thru Friday, from 8am to 12pm and from 1pm to 7pm. Praça Hercílio Luz, Centro. Phone: (48) 3247-9096.

Municipal Public Library Prof.ª Albertina Ramos de Araújo
On the top floor there is the Municipal Culture and Tourism Foundation and, at the side, the Municipal Historical Archive of São José. Monday thru Friday, from 8am to 6m. Rua Padre Macário, 10, Centro Histórico. Phone: (48) 3257-0623 / 3259-2368.

Theatro Adolpho Mello
Erected in 1854, it is the oldest playhouse in Santa Catarina. Monday thru Friday, from 1pm to 6pm. Praça Hercílio Luz, 10, Centro Histórico. Phone: (48) 3247-0051.

Capela Nossa Senhora de Fátima e Santa Filomena
Built in 1879, it houses the extremely beautiful image of Saint Filomena, sculptured in wood and brought from Italy. Rua Luiz Fagundes, s/n, Praia Comprida.

Capela Nosso Senhor do Bonfim
It gathers together an important holy collection of the 19th century. Ladeira do Bonfim, s/n, Centro Histórico.

Capela Nosso Senhor dos Passos
Since 1857, at the time preceding Easter, the image of the Good Lord Jesus of the Steps of the Cross is taken in procession to the Parish Church. Rua Frederico Afonso, 4.230, Ponta de Baixo.

Igreja Matriz São José
Erected in 1750, in the same place where the colonizers founded the first chapel in the municipality. Rua Irineu Comelli, 225, Centro Histórico. Phone: (48) 3247-1596.

Encantos do Sul


Historic Center
Includes the Azorean houses distributed along the shore and the parallel streets, Praça 21 de Abril, the São Joaquim Parish Church, and the structure known as the Vigia – the old administrative headquarters of Garopaba’s whaling outfit, which now holds an art and handicraft gallery.


Historic Center
Construction in the urban center of Jaguaruna began in 1875 with the town’s first church. The main highlight is the Railroad Station, from 1919, which recalls the development of the city with the arrival of the Tereza Cristina Railroad.


Historic Center
A concentration of around 600 buildings listed by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN), which can be seen on an outing through the city on foot.

Pinto d’Ulysséa House
Holds the Laguna Culture Foundation and the Nossa Terra handicraft store. The 1866 construction was inspired by Portuguese farmhouses and has its façade covered in tiles. Daily, 8AM to 7PM.
Rua Prof.ª Júlia Nascimento, s/n, Centro.
Phone: (48) 3646-2542 – Fundação Lagunense de Cultura.

Well of the Carioca
The 1836 work is covered in marble and has colonial adornments. Visitors have the tradition of tasting the water from the well to guarantee their return to Laguna. Praça Lauro Muller, beside the Pinto d’Ulysséa House, Historic Center.

Santa Marta Lighthouse
Built by Frenchmen in 1891, it is the lighthouse with the farthest visual reach in South America (92 km). Still in operation, it maintains some original equipment, but is closed to the public. Located at Santa Marta Cape (accessible only by ferry), it is surrounded by the beaches of Farol (Prainha), Camacho, Cigana, and Cardoso, this latter beach being famous among the surfers of the region, located 14 km from the center of Laguna.


São Francisco do Sul

Historical Center

The memory of the Portuguese colonization is preserved in the more than 150 items of real estate listed by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN). The rich architectural unit, surrounded by Babitonga Bay, is well worth taking in calmly on foot.

Mercado Público Municipal

Inaugurated in 1900 as a commercial warehouse, it currently shelters handicraft stores and has live music shows on Saturdays. Monday thru Friday, from 7:30am to 6:30pm; Saturday, from 7:30am to 1pm; Sunday, from 8am to 2pm.
Rua Babitonga, 65, Centro.

Public water spouts which supplied the old settlement. Only 3 continue to function: that of Rua Benjamin Constant (with Portuguese glazed tiles), that of Rua Marcílio Dias (in colonial style) and that of Rua Coronel Oliveira (original construction).

Forte Marechal Luz
Inaugurated in 1909 to replace the old fort, it also houses a museum. December thru March, daily, from 8am to 6pm. Other months, Tuesday thru Sunday, from 8:30am to 11:30am and from 1:30pm to 5pm.
Estrada Geral do Forte, s/n, Praia do Forte (15 km do Centro).
Phone: (47) 3442-2131.

Igreja Matriz Nossa Senhora da Graça (Parish Church of Our Lady of Grace)
Built in 1699, draws one’s attention among the assets listed in the Historical Center of the town.
Praça Getúlio Vargas, 180, Centro. Phone: (47) 3444-5093.

Museu Histórico de São Francisco do Sul (Historical Museum of São Francisco do Sul)
In the 18th century building objects, maps and photos concerning the town’s history are preserved. 2 examples of mill (one for sugarcane and the other for manioc) used by Azorean immigrants stand out. Tuesday thru Friday, from 8am to 6pm; Saturday, Sunday and holiday, from 10am to 6pm.
Rua Coronel Carvalho, s/n, Centro Histórico.
Phone: (47) 3444-5443.