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Francisco Lacerda Museum


Francisco Lacerda Museum

In 1984, the Regional Secretariat for Education and Culture purchased the current building to house the Ethnographical Centre, which had its name altered in 1991 to S. Jorge Museum.

The building dates from 1811 when Father Francisco de Azevedo Machado Neto, an ecclesiastical magistrate, ordered it be built to the north of Fort São João Baptista (nothing remains of this fort) and Ponta do Açougue. Padre Francisco de Azevedo Machado Neto, a descendent of the Police Commander Gaspar Nunes Neto, was born in the parish of Ribeira Seca and wished to have his home there, orientated to catch the sun and located on the seafront.

There is, however, a legend that says that the former owners kept a room on the ground floor where they executed those that they did not like. One of the walls is irregular, with the stonework visible because one of those executed placed his hand there in his death throes and left a bloody mark that would not wash off...And...who knows? There are those that say that the former owner returns to the house from time to time full of remorse.

Virgínia Maria da Silva Neto Reis



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