The architect Alvaro Siza Vieira will design the future Interpretation Center of Angra do Heroism, to be installed in the “Casa dos Pamplonas”, in what will be his first work in the Azores archipelago.
“Thank you for accepting this challenge and allow Angra do Heroism have your first project in the Azores, especially the important milestone that is the Interpretation Center,” said the mayor of Angra do Heroism on Terceira Island, Sofia Couto.
Sofia Couto spoke at the solemn session to celebrate the National Day of Historic Centres, which this year took place in Angra do Heroismo, the first Portuguese city to receive the classification of the World Heritage granted by UNESCO – United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
In his speech, the mayor recalled how the city of Angra do Heroism was destroyed by the earthquake in 1980 and emphasized the distinction awarded by UNESCO, which allowed the reconstruction to follow the original plan.
Sofia Couto stressed that angrenses feel “honored with this legacy,” and therefore intend it to be more dynamic and show the world that the city of Angra do Heroismo is “living history”.
At the ceremony held today in the City Hall of Angra do Heroism to mark the National Day of Historic Centres, Alvaro Siza Vieira gave a lecture on ‘Architecture and the City’, having also been awarded the Prize “Memory and Identity”.
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