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Flores Museum

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The Flores Museum is headquartered in the São Boaventura Convent and is responsible for the administration of the Boqueirão Whale Factory.

This factory was built by Francisco Marcelino dos Reis for the use of sperm oil and guano production.  The works took place between 1941 and 1944.It was held by several owners and closed down in 1981.

The São Boaventura Convent has its origin in a donation deed by Father Inácio Coelho, brother of Friar Diogo das Chagas, dated 1641.The Franciscans remained there until the advent of liberalism.  António Vicente Peixoto Pimentel bought the convent in 1873 to donate it to the Santa Casa da Misericórdia of Santa Cruz das Flores with the aim of setting up a hospital to serve the people of Flores and Corvo. The building maintained these functions until the late 1960s.  At that time, it was turned into a school and, after extensive restoration works, it reopened in 1993 as part of the Flores Museum.

It has a palatial façade with predominantly horizontal lines. It is characterised by the accentuated angularity and intense planimetry of its composition elements.

The church is a relatively large and tall building on a rectangular plan without transept. It is composed of a single cylindrical-shaped nave in painted wood. The altarpieces are in gilded cedar wood. On the ceiling a vegetal and floral decoration predominates, which perfectly fits into the grotesque style.



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Edifício do Convento de São Boaventura
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P-9970-303 Santa Cruz das Flores

 
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