Azores Islands

Photos taken by David Stanley in the mid-Atlantic Azores Islands, Portugal.
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The 19th century Outeiro da Memoria in Angra do Heroismo, Terceira, Azores, commemorates King Pedro IV of Portugal. The island's first fort was built here in 1474 to defend against pirates.

The century Outeiro da Memoria in Angra do Heroismo, Terceira, Azores, commemorates King Pedro IV of Portugal. The island's first fort was built here in 1474 to defend against pirates.

A stew called cozido das Furnas is baked underground for six or seven hours in a volcanic caldeira at Lagoa das Furnas on Sao Miguel Island in the Azores.

A stew called cozido das Furnas is baked underground for six or seven hours in a volcanic caldeira at Lagoa das Furnas on Sao Miguel Island in the Azores.

A state of the art interpretive center is beneath the Capelinhos Lighthouse on Faial Island in the Azores. The eruption of 1957 buried part of the building in volcanic ash and left it well inland from the western tip of.the island.

A state of the art interpretive center is beneath the Capelinhos Lighthouse on Faial Island in the Azores. The eruption of 1957 buried part of the building in volcanic ash and left it well inland from the western tip of.the island.

At 2,351 meters Mount Pico on Pico Island in the Azores is the highest mountain in Portugal. In 1718 a lava flow down the volcano reached the coast.

At meters Mount Pico on Pico Island in the Azores is the highest mountain in Portugal. In 1718 a lava flow down the volcano reached the coast.

The 18th century Camara Municipal (City Hall) in Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel Island, Azores, was originally the home of a wealthy family.

The century Camara Municipal (City Hall) in Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel Island, Azores, was originally the home of a wealthy family.

The Convento da Esperanca (1541) in Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel Island, Azores, illuminated for the Festas do Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres.

Convento da Esperanca Photo by David Stanley — National Geographic Your Shot

The Tuna Com Elas, a student band from the Associação Académica da Universidade dos Açores (AAUA), performing at a street fair in Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel Island, Azores.

The Tuna Com Elas, a student band from the Associação Académica da Universidade dos Açores (AAUA), performing at a street fair in Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel Island, Azores.

Steam and hot water bubble up from fumaroles in the town of Furnas on Sao Miguel Island, Azores.

Steam and hot water bubble up from fumaroles in the town of Furnas on Sao Miguel Island, Azores.

One of the most characteristic dishes on Sao Miguel Island in the Azores is cozido das Furnas, a stew baked slowly by the natural heat of a volcanic caldeira.

One of the most characteristic dishes on Sao Miguel Island in the Azores is cozido das Furnas, a stew baked slowly by the natural heat of a volcanic caldeira.

The beach and small boat harbor at Angra do Heroismo, Terceira, Azores.

The beach and small boat harbor at Angra do Heroismo, Terceira, Azores.

The museum in Angra do Heroismo, Terceira, is housed in the former Convento de Sao Francisco. It's easily the largest and finest museum in the Azores.

The museum in Angra do Heroismo, Terceira, is housed in the former Convento de Sao Francisco. It's easily the largest and finest museum in the Azores.

Praca do Municipio is the heart of Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel Island, Azores.

Praca do Municipio is the heart of Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel Island, Azores.

The 18th century Igreja de Sao Jose in Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel Island, Azores, as seen from the Forte de Sao Bras.

The century Igreja de Sao Jose in Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel Island, Azores, as seen from the Forte de Sao Bras.

The bridge across Lagoa das Sete Cidades and the village of the same name as seen from the Miradouro do Cerrado das Freiras on Sao Miguel Island, Azores.

The bridge across Lagoa das Sete Cidades and the village of the same name as seen from the Miradouro do Cerrado das Freiras on Sao Miguel Island, Azores.

A swim in the geothermal pool at Parque Terra Nostra in Furnas on Sao Miguel Island is one of the special treats of a visit to the Azores.

A swim in the geothermal pool at Parque Terra Nostra in Furnas on Sao Miguel Island is one of the special treats of a visit to the Azores.

The Igreja do Carmo (above, left) and the Igreja Matriz de Sao Salvador (below, right) dominate the skyline of Horta on Faial Island in the Azores. The Horta Museum is in the 17th century Jesuit convent next to Sao Salvador.

The Igreja do Carmo (above, left) and the Igreja Matriz de Sao Salvador (below, right) dominate the skyline of Horta on Faial Island in the Azores. The Horta Museum is in the century Jesuit convent next to Sao Salvador.

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