It is the time of the Holy Spirit festivities all around Faial. There exists one very special empire or império, the Império dos Nobres in the city at the corner of the Praça da República. This império is among the oldest in Faial and the Azores to be built entirely of stone. Its construction dates back to 1759. It was founded based on a resolution of the city council in memory of the eruption of the Cabeço do Fogo volcano in 1672. The council pledged to perpetually hold annually a procession, a holy mass and to distribute alms to the population.
You will have the chance to visit the Império das Nobres in the framework of the Hand in Hand – Explore Horta initiative of the Museum of Horta. An event intended mainly for families, please sign up by email or call.