Ribeira Grande

The colonization of the Azores began in the 1440's in Vila da Povoação and progressively grew along the coast and at the mouths of streams with the construction of the first thatched houses.

Father Gaspar Frutuoso, our first chronicler, was born in 1522 and died as vicar of the Mother Church of Ribeira Grande in 1591. He studied in the University of Salamanca (1548/1558). He left a manuscript written between 1586 and 1591 that describes the history of the islands.

With regard to Ribeira Grande, there are several dates that show its evolution. 1507 was the year in which the king turned Ribeira Grande officially into a Town, with the right to have its own management, i.e., independent from Vila Franca.

The document that awards the contract for the construction of the Mother Church was issued in that same year. In 1515 there were only two houses on the western side. The contract for the construction of a stone bridge close to the main square, which would replace the old wooden bridge, was issued in 1520.

The population grew rapidly: in 1515 the parish of Matriz had 200 houses, a number that rose to approximately 800 in 1576 and to 1018 at the end of the century. In terms of urban design, there is a curious document from 1555 that appoints the new "arruador", the person responsible for designing streets and houses, confirming that several streets were paved and including a list of street names, some of which are still currently used. One of these streets is João da Horta Street, i.e., the streets that currently surrounds the Mother Church and the City Hall were already built at that time.

The daily lives of the people from Ribeira Grande were dramatically changed in 1563 and 1564 due to the eruption of the Pico do Sapateiro, whose lava buried the village of Ribeira Seca. The eruption was followed by earthquakes that destroyed some of the houses, and one third of the arable land was lost due to the volcanic slag.

Gradually, the population rebuilt their houses and cleaned the land and, at the turn of the century, the municipality had recovered from the shock - the fertile land was producing wheat, wood and linen, which were the most important and profitable crops. An example of this growth is the number of mills, which rose from the twenty that existed in 1555 to thirty five in 1578. Other documents reveal the strong trade of goods between Ribeira Grande and Ponta Delgada, the main export destination. This connection to the southern part of the island led Ribeira Grande to grow to the west through the construction of Rua Direita (currently, São Francisco, Conceição and D. Carlos I streets) as a main road and new streets both to the north and to the south.

The end of this process occurred on June 29th, 1981, when the town of Ribeira Grande officially became a city.

Currently, the Municipality of Ribeira Grande has 14 parishes, five of which compose the city - Ribeira Seca, Santa Bárbara, Conceição, Matriz and Ribeirinha.

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CASA DO CORREIO MOR

Ponte da Barca

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PAÇO DE CALHEIROS

Ponte de Lima

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CASA DO BARREIRO

Ponte de Lima

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CASA DO OUTEIRO

Ponte de Lima

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CASA DA VÁRZEA

Ponte de Lima

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CASA DA LAGE

Ponte de Lima

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CASA DO ANQUIÃO

Ponte de Lima

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CASA DAS TORRES

Ponte de Lima

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Casa do Ameal

Viana do Castelo

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QUINTA DO MONTEVERDE

Viana do Castelo

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CASA DOS ASSENTOS

Barcelos

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CASA DE ALFENA

Póvoa de Lanhoso

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CASA DOS LAGOS

Braga

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CASA DA TOJEIRA

Cabeceiras de Basto

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CASA DAS PAREDES

Fafe

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CASA DE CANEDO

Celorico de Basto

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CASA DOS POMBAIS

Guimarães

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Guimarães

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CASA DE SEZIM

Guimarães

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CASA DO CAMPO

Celorico de Basto

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Paço de São Cipriano

Guimarães

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CASA DE VILARINHO DE S. ROMÃO

Sabrosa

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CASA DAS TORRES DE OLIVEIRA

Mesão Frio

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CASA DOS VARAIS

Peso da Régua

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CASA DE SANTO ANTONIO DE BRITIANDE

Lamego

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SOLAR SAMPAIO E MELO

Trancoso

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CASA DO CONDADO DE BEIRÓS

S. Pedro do Sul

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QUINTA DE SÃO CAETANO

Viseu

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CASA DE MOGOFORES

Anadia

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CASA DAS TÍLIAS

Seia

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VILA DUPARCHY

Mealhada

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CASA DO CIMO

Fundão

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Quinta da Alcaidaria-Mór

Ourém

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Óbidos

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Peniche

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Crato

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Borba

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QUINTA DA PRAIA DAS FONTES

Alcochete

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PALÁCIO DE RIO FRIO

Palmela

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CASA DO ROSSIO

Montemor-o-Novo

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CASA DAS BARCAS

São Roque do Pico

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CASA DAS CALHETAS

Ribeira Grande

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QUINTA DA CALÇADA

Melgaço

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QUINTA DE SANTO ANTÓNIO

Monção

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QUINTA DE CORTINHAS

Arcos de Valdevez

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QUINTA DA PROVA

Ponte da Barca

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QUINTA DO REI

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QUINTA DA ALDEIA

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QUINTA DA ROSEIRA

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QUINTA DA AGRA

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Quinta do Sobreiro da Facha

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QUINTA DO CASAL DO CONDADO

Ponte de Lima

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QUINTA DA MATA

Chaves

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QUINTA DE PAÇO D'ANHA

Viana do Castelo

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QUINTA DE SANTA BAIA

Ponte de Lima

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QUINTA DE MALTA

Barcelos

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QUINTA DO SOBREIRO

Vila Verde

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QUINTA DE SÃO BENTO

Vila Verde

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QUINTA DO SOURINHO

Barcelos

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QUINTA DE SANTA COMBA

Barcelos

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QUINTA DO CONVENTO DA FRANQUEIRA

Barcelos

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QUINTA DA PONTE DO LOURO

V.N. Famalicão

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QUINTA DE CIMA DE EIRIZ

Guimarães

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QUINTA DA PICARIA

Santo Tirso

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QUINTA DA VEIGA

Sabrosa

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QUINTA DE VENTUZELA

Cinfães

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QUINTA DO TERREIRO

Lamego

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Quinta de Pindela

V.N. Famalicão

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QUINTA DA BACELADA

Meda

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QUINTA DA COMENDA

S. Pedro do Sul

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QUINTA DE SÃO LOURENÇO

Anadia

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QUINTA DO ALBERGUE DO BONJARDIM

Sertã

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MONTE DA CORTE LIGEIRA

Beja

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CASA DA EIRA

Valença

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CASA DA ENCRUZILHADA

Ponte de Lima

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MOÍNHO DE ESTORÃOS

Ponte de Lima

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CASA DO TAMANQUEIRO

Ponte de Lima

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CASA DO MONTE

Barcelos

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CASA DE SEQUIADE

Barcelos

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CASA DO FORAL

Rio Maior

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VILLA DAS ROSAS

Sintra

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CASINHA DE MOZELOS

Paredes de Coura

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QUINTA DA BEMVISA

Ponte de Lima

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CASA DA SERRA - CERQUIDO VILLAGE

Ponte de Lima

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Azenha do Rei

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Quinta do Ameal - Enoturismo

Ponte de Lima

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QUINTA DE CARTEMIL

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CASAS DE PORTO BOM

Ponte da Barca

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QUINTA DE SÃO SEBASTIÃO

Ponte de Lima

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Quinta do Sorilhal

Vieira do Minho

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CASA DO CASAL DO CARVALHAL

Amares

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QUINTA DO BARRACÃO DA VILARIÇA

Vila Flor

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CASA DE SANTA CRISTINA

Marco de Canaveses

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CASA DAS RENDUFAS

Torres Novas

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CASA DOS MATOS - The Nest

Porto de Mós

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QUINTA DAS LAVANDAS

Castelo de Vide

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CASA DA AL-DEIA

Rio Maior

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Moinho da senta

Rio Maior

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Casa Mar de Serra

Rio Maior

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MOINHO MÓ DA PRAIA

Santa Cruz da Graciosa

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QUINTA DO COVANCO

Alenquer

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CASAS DE ROMARIA

Mora

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MOINHO DO ÁLAMO

Montemor-o-Novo

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CASA DO ALTO DA EIRA

Cuba

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Herdade do Freixial

Odemira

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CASA DAS CORES

Mértola

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HERDADE DOS CASTELEJOS

Castro Verde

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CASAS DA CERCA

Odemira

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CASAS DA PEDRALVA

Vila do Bispo

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SOLAR DA BICA

São Vicente

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