Cidade Velha, Historic Centre of Ribeira Grande

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The town of Ribeira Grande, renamed Cidade Velha in the late 18th century, was the first European colonial outpost in the tropics. Located in the south of the island of Santiago, the town features some of the original street layout impressive remains including two churches, a royal fortress and Pillory Square with its ornate 16th century marble pillar.

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  • First European colonial settlement in the tropics.
  • Part of the original meticulous design of the site is quite well preserved and the city has retained it’s nostalgic aura of the days gone by.
  • If in search for a slice of Creole culture then this is the place you have to visit.

Year of Inscription: 2009

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The town of Ribeira Grande, renamed Cidade Velha in the late 18th century, was the first European colonial outpost in the tropics. Located in the south of the island of Santiago, the town features some of the original street layout impressive remains including two churches, a royal fortress and...

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