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Francisco Lacerda Museum


Francisco Lacerda Museum


In 1984, the Regional Secretariat for Education and Culture acquired the current building to install the Ethnographic House, which opened in 1991 under the designation of S. Jorge Museum.

The building dates from 1811. It was built to the north of the existing São João Baptista Fort (nothing remains of this fort today) and Ponta do Açougue by Father Francisco de Azevedo Machado Neto, ecclesiastical administrator. A native of the parish of Ribeira Seca and a descendent of Captain-major Gaspar Nunes Neto, he chose that location to have his home built with good solar exposure and bordering the sea.

However, legend has it that there is a compartment on the ground floor where former owners executed whoever displeased them. One of the walls is irregular with large stones in sight because one of those executed, in the pangs of death, touched the wall with a bloody hand and left marks that lime could not conceal... And... who knows?! Some say that the former owner comes back from time to time tormented by remorse!

Virgínia Maria da Silva Neto Reis



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