Ruins of the church Nossa Senhora da Ajuda

Here’s a gallery with pictures from the ruins of the church Nossa Senhora da Ajuda in Pedro Miguel, Faial Island, Azores – the church was destroyed during the 1998 earthquake.

The first record of the parish, which was named for one of the original inhabitants, dated August 7, 1590, came from a financial transaction between King Sebastian who sent the vicar 25 thousand reis (ostensibly for construction or furnishing of their church).
Pedro Miguel became a parish in 1666. In order to protect itself from surprise attacks by pirates that roamed the Canal, a small fort Forte Baixo was constructed in the 17th century.
In 1871, both a boy’s and girl’s school operated from Pedro Miguel, since the community was part of a greater district that included Ribeirinha and Praia do Almoxarife. A justice of the peace operated from this district, where the electoral assembly was also situated. The population had reached 1,757 inhabitants by this time.
During the 1998 earthquake, which hit affected the northern communities of the island, several houses were damaged and the parochial church was unusable

18 thoughts on “Ruins of the church Nossa Senhora da Ajuda

  1. Very strong images, I like the use of different angles and the monochrome. The small elements of colour make the images intriguing.

  2. You should have reminded me to see this one. 3929 is my favourite. Dramatic and enhanced just to my liking. P.S. with your other blog I sometimes miss the quality staff here, and I am subscribed via email to both :O

    • I kind of forgot about this post myself and I’ve just answered a couple of the comments here… I think 3929 is my favourite too because of the mix between darkness & light and the skies.
      I’m not sure why you didn’t get an email…

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