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Jewish Cemetery

December 12, 2010
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Name: Jewish Cemetery

Location: Angra do Heroismo

Directions: Very difficult to locate and not clearly labeled.  Past the Angra bowling alley and continue until the road dead ends.  Turn right down a narrow residential street.  The cemetery is on the left hand side.  To exit, continue straight to the main road of Angra.  At the light, turn right to get to downtown Angra or turn left to head to the pink hotel.

There is a little known jewish history here that dates back quite some time.  At times when other European countries were notn tolerant of the Jews, Portugal did welcome them, and there were often Jewish merchants who travelled trading across the Atlantic and settled in the Azores as well.  The Jewish population declined and now all that remains is this cemetery.  The door is closed and locked and is apparently private property.  There is a sign out front in Portuguese and english to explain the significance of this site.


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