Ponta Delgada

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Ponta Delgada ( German: Narrow tip) is the capital of the Azores, on the island of São Miguel, but also the same government district in the south and west of the island.

Here is the seat of the provincial government and the main town started in 1976, University of the Azores ( Universidade dos Açores). License Plate A.


The downtown area consists mainly around the central part of Sao Sebastiao to the same church and the area of ​​the parish of São Pedro in the east of the center. Continue around the city to store the two places Faja de Baixo, the " low place " and Faja de Cima, the "higher place ".

Faja de Baixo is known for its cultivated as pineapple, Faja de Cima for his exuberant celebrations and the fresh cheese made from a mixture of goat's and cow's milk. Both places are commuters places, many of the residents work in the city center.

Every year in May, the "Dia do Santo Cristo ", the feast of the Holy Christ, is celebrated with elaborately decorated, lined with flowers streets.


Ponta Delgada has a small container port and is home to a small fishing fleet, as well as an ocean-going salvage tug. There is ferry service to the other islands of the Azores.

At the harbor there were 1861-1973 Hafenbahn of Ponta Delgada in the Brunel broad gauge these gauges of seven feet ( 2134mm ).



Ponta Delgada was founded in 1499, was first settled. , Today's district of Calheta. After Vila Franca do Campo was destroyed by an earthquake in 1522, Ponta Delgada rose to the main town, and received city rights in 1546. An economic upswing was recorded in the 19th century. 1818/1819 is left numerous Jewish families settled as traders, including the Bensaude family. In 1821, the island of the administration sparked by the Bishop of Terceira Island ( island). Since 1975, Ponta Delgada seat of the Regional Government of the Azores.


The following 24 municipalities belonging to the municipality of Ponta Delgada:


Sons and daughters of the town

  • Gaspar Frutuoso (1522-1591), historian spiritual
  • José do Canto (1820-1898), agricultural entrepreneurs and botanist, significant Buchsammmler particular Camões plants
  • Ernesto do Canto (1831-1900), historian, librarian and politician
  • Antero de Quental (1842-1891), writer and social reformer
  • Teófilo Braga (1843-1924), writer and politician, two-time President
  • Rodolfo Ernesto Hintze Ribeiro (1849-1907), politician
  • Roberto Ivens (1850-1898), officer and explorer of Africa
  • Alfredo Bensaude (1856-1941), mineralogist
  • Joaquim Bensaude (1859-1952), engineer and historian
  • Bensaude Maurício (1863-1912), opera singer, internationally become known baritone
  • Raoul Bensaude (1866-1938), significant physicians in France
  • Filomeno da Câmara de Melo Cabral (1873-1934), military, politician and colonial administrator, Governor of Portuguese Timor
  • Francisco Luís Tavares (1886-1968), entrepreneur, journalist, lawyer and politician
  • Ernesto Canto da Maia (1890-1981), modernist sculptor
  • Rui Galvão de Carvalho (1903-1991), writer, literary critic and university teacher
  • Eurico Tomás de Lima (1908-1989), composer and pianist
  • Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1915-1983), Archbishop of Boston
  • Natália Correia (1923-1993), writer, politician and intellectual
  • Carlos Alberto Medeiros ( b. 1942 ), geographer
  • José Medeiros Ferreira ( b. 1942 ), politician and university professor, Foreign Minister of the first government Soares
  • Mota Amaral ( b. 1943 ), politician
  • Jaime Gama (* 1947), politician, co-founder of the Partido Socialista, several times Minister
  • José Eduardo Moniz ( born 1952 ), a television journalist, producer and manager
  • Carlos César ( born 1956 ), journalist and socialist politician
  • Rosa Coutinho Cabral ( born 1956 ), director
  • Pauleta (born 1973 ), football player
  • Nuno Sociedade (born 1978 ), football player

Ernesto do Canto

Antero de Quental (1887 )

Teófilo Braga

Ernesto Hintze Ribeiro

Roberto Ivens

Francisco Luís Tavares ( 1956)

Ernesto Canto da Maia ( 1940)

Rui Galvão de Carvalho

Humberto Sousa Medeiros

Natália Correia, painting by Bottelho

Jaime Gama in Brasília in 2008

Carlos César, with Barack Obama