Santa Catarina Palace

Manor of Santa Catarina (Solar de Santa Catarina)

Episcopal Palace of Angra do Heroísmo

Manorhouse (Solar)

The massive facade of the entranceway to the palace

Official name: Solar de Santa Catarina/Paço Episcopal de Angra do Heroísmo

Named for: Saint Catherine

Country
 Portugal

Region
 Azores

Group
Central

Island
Terceira

Municipality
Angra do Heroísmo

Location
São Pedro

 - coordinates
38°39′37.5″N 27°13′55.5″W / 38.660417°N 27.232083°W / 38.660417; -27.232083Coordinates: 38°39′37.5″N 27°13′55.5″W / 38.660417°N 27.232083°W / 38.660417; -27.232083

Style
Medieval

Materials
Basalt, Tuff

Origin
15th-16th century

Owner
Roman Catholic Diocese of Angra

For public
Private

Easiest access
Rua Capitão João D’Avila

Management
Direção Regional da Cultura

Operator
Roman Catholic Diocese of Angra

Status
Property of Public Interest
Imóvel de Interesse Público

Listing
Resolution of the President of the Regional Government, 64/1984; Journal of the Autonomous Region of the Azores, Série 1, 14, 30 April 1984; Included in the urban area of the city of Angra do Heroísmo (PT071901160035)

Location of the palace within the municipality of Angra do Heroísmo, island of Terceira

Manor of Santa Catarina (Portuguese: Solar de Santa Catarina/Paço Episcopal de Angra do Heroísmo) is a former-manorhouse in the civil parish of São Pedro, in the municipality of Angra do Heroísmo, on the Portuguese island of Terceira, in the Azores. For many years it served as the family seat of the descendents of the Corte-Real, before becoming the official residence of the Bishop of Angra do Heroísmo.
History[edit]

Gates to the entrance of the episcopal palace

The manor served as the primary residence for the Corte-Real family for centuries.[1]
This palace was subject to restoration and maintenance works after the earthquake that occurred on 1 January 1980 quite the damaged.[1]
Currently the palace serves as one of the official residences of the Bishop of Angra do Heroísmo and is property of the diocese, hosting Pope John Paul II during his visit to the Azores.[1]
On 9 September 2004, the spaces were classified under a resolution-in-council of the Azorean government (126/2004), encompassing the former-classification of the property within the city of Angra do Heroísmo (JORAA, Série 1, 15).[1]
Architecture[edit]
The manor, of apprecia

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