Terceira’s Imperios of the Holy Spirit

In sharp contrast to the Azores’ pale white parishes, the colorful imperios (theaters which are dedicated to the Holy Spirit) demand your attention with their bright embellishments and unique architecture. Imperios dating back as far as the late nineteenth century are scattered throughout the island, totaling 68 in all.

Each of the imperios includes a crown or a white dove perched atop its façade, balcony windows with wrought iron railings, and a despensas (a pantry used to store bread and wine for the festivals). Inside the imperios is an altar upon which a crown is placed on a salver.

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