Convent of Nossa Senhora da Conceição (Angra do Heroísmo)

Convent of Nossa Senhora da Conceição (Angra do Heroísmo)

Convent of Nossa Senhora da Conceição (Convento de Nossa Senhora da Conceição)
Convent of the Conceptionists
Convent (Convento)
Official name: Convento das Concepcionistas
Named for: Our Lady of the Conception
Country  Portugal
Autonomous Region  Azores
Group Central
Island Terceira
Municipality Angra do Heroísmo
Style Baroque
Materials Basalt, Wood, Tile
Origin 15th century
Owner Portuguese Republic
For public Private
Visitation Closed
Easiest access Rua da Guarita
Management Direção Regional de Cultura
Status Property of Public Interest
Listing Resolution of the President of the Regional Government, 41/1980; JORAA, Série I, 20, 11 June 1980; Included in the central zone of the City of Angra do Heroismo (IPA.00010623)
Location of the convent in the municipality of Angra do Heroísmo

The Convent of Nossa Senhora da Conceição (Portuguese: Convento de Nossa Senhora da Conceição) is a former-monastic institution, situated in the civil parish of , in the historic centre of the municipality of Angra do Heroísmo, in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores.


  • History 1
  • References 2
    • Notes 2.1
    • Sources 2.2


The convent was founded on 5 August 1606 by Pedro Cardoso Machado, third nephew of Gonçalo Eanes, with the papal bull arriving from Pope Paul V.[1] An immigrant from the Spanish Indies, Machado wished to live on Terceira, and his pretext came from the difficulties of his sister.[1] The ecclesiastical authorities in Praia had raised objects to his sister, then the Abadess of the monastery of Luz, and she wished to be transferred to this convent, then the home of Mother Simoa da Anunciação.[1]

The convent began to operate on 11 April 1608, with nine nuns.[1]

It was one of nine convents of the island of Terceira, identified by Father António Cordeiro:

"The seventh convent is commonly called Conceição das Freiras [Conception Nuns] for the distinction of the collegiate conceptionist clerics. It was this convent of stature, and rule so singular and perfect, that they say in Portugal there is only one similar in the east.

Following the extinction of religious orders, in 1834, the remaining clergy were transferred here from the Convent of Santo Espírito.

With reforms instituted by the Marquess of Pombal, the convent was transformed into a hospital, and the sisters began to serve as orderlies and nurses.[1]

During the 1 January 1980 Azores earthquake, the building was damaged.[1] Although the building was not reconstructed, the regional government classified the complex on 9 September 2004, and included in the central zone of the historical centre of Angra do Heroismo.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g Noé, Paula (2002), SIPA, ed., Forte do Negrito (IPA.00008161/PT071901040031) (in Portuguese), Lisbon, Portugal: SIPA – Sistema de Informação para o Património Arquitectónico, retrieved 3 October 2015 


  • Angra do Heroísmo: Janela do Atlântico entre a Europa e o Novo Mundo (in Portuguese), Horta (Faial), Portugal: Direcção Regional do Turismo dos Açores 
  • "Investimento no património: Misericórdia de Angra recupera Convento das Concepcionistas", Diário Insular (in Portuguese), Ponta Delgada (Azores), Portugal, 15 August 2002 
  • Oliveira, Carlos; Lucas, A.; Guedes, J.H. Correia; Andrade, Rui (1992), "Metodologia para a quantificação dos dados observados no parque monumental", in Carlos Sousa Oliveira, Arcindo R. A Lucas and J. H. Correia Guedes, 10 Anos após o sismo dos Açores de 1 de Janeiro de 1980 (in Portuguese) II, Lisbon, Portugal, pp. 743–791