Francisco de Lacerda said one day, “either Paris or Fragueira!”. He probably wanted to say that the universality, aimed by his artistic, composer and musician spirit could only be accomplished, either at “the City of Light”, at the time the thrilling center of the World’s novelties, or at the little fajã of Fragueira, perfect paradigm of the multiple lava platforms that populate São Jorge coastline. These are fertile spots with a climate of tropical flavor, almost placing the sea’s infinity inside every human being and, at the same time, expanding our gaze upon the islands “straight ahead”, such as Pico or Terceira. Francisco de Lacerda Museum aims at showing in what ways all these feelings came true since the Flemish and Portuguese mixed
settlement, weaving life between pastures and fishing, producing culture and personalities as the maestro himself. Details, as the chavões (stamps) to mark bolos de véspera (sweet bread) of the Holy Spirit Festivities, woven blankets of intricate design or testimonials of the tuna fishing, merge with memories of the artistic labor of the first Portuguese maestro to enjoy international fame and career.
Francisco de Lacerda Museum branches: Calheta Building
Francisco de Lacerda Museum (Lat.: 38.60073; Long. -388.01563)
Rua José Azevedo da Cunha (Street), Calheta
Santa Bárbara Church (Lat.: 38.63195463; Long.: -388.09633097)
Caminho de Baixo, Manadas, Velas
On arriving at São Jorge Island, coming either from the airport or from the harbor, both located at Velas village, rent a car or take a taxi and head towards Calheta. As you go through the regional road by south, you’ll be able to spot the mountain and the entire length of Pico Island, framed by the sea and the green cliffs of S. Jorge. After a 40-minute drive, go down to Calheta village through the main street and you’ll find Francisco de Lacerda Museum on the seashore, nearby the restaurant “Os Amigos”.
Francisco de Lacerda Museum and Santa Bárbara Church provide daily guided tours. In case of groups of ten or more people it is advisable to book in advance.
São Jorge Island offers bathing and leisure areas, maritime activities (diving, snorkeling and fishing) as well as some sites of historic interest. The ecclesiastical buildings of the Island are of considerable value, which is why we invite you to visit Santa Bárbara Church (Manadas), São Jorge Main Church (Velas), Calheta Main Church, São Lázaro (Saint Lazarus) Church (Norte Pequeno) and Nossa Senhora do Rosário (Our Lady of the Rosary) Church (Topo). Touring around the Island, you’ll also enjoy small Impérios do Espírito Santo and fountains in all parishes.
We also invite you to visit the coffee plantations of Fajã dos Vimes and, along the way, the water mills of Ribeira Funda. If you enjoy these, don’t forget to visit the set of mills at Mistérios, Urzelina, or the typical windmill from São Jorge located at Cais Vicente Dias (Pier), at Fajã Grande little harbor (by the camping site of Calheta).
On the edge of Rosais, a special area of environmental conservation, apart from the observation of endemic flora, you’ll also be able to visit an old whale watching porthole. Lastly, be sure to visit some of our fajãs (Fajã das Almas, Fajã de São João and Fajã da Caldeira de Santo Cristo) to taste São Jorge cheese as well as the fine tuna from Santa Catarina.
The Museum is open to the public from Tuesdays to Fridays, from 10:00am to 5:30pm and, on weekends and holidays, from 12:00 noon to 5:30pm in summer (from April 1st to September 30th). Also, from Tuesdays to Fridays from 9:30am to 5:00pm and, on weekends and holidays, from 12:00 noon to 5:00pm in winter (from October 1st to March 31st).
At Francisco de Lacerda Museum you’ll have access to free Wi-Fi at the documentaton center, a place where you can read and borrow books.
Tel: (+351) 295 416 323