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São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe

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Photos taken by David Stanley during a visit to São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe.
Traditional dancers perform in front of the Igreja de São Pedro at Pantufo on Sao Tome Island, São Tomé and Príncipe.

Traditional dancers perform in front of the Igreja de São Pedro at Pantufo on Sao Tome Island, São Tomé and Príncipe.

The verdant peaks of São Tomé Island provide a backdrop for the Forte de Sao Sebastiao (1575) in São Tomé town, São Tomé and Príncipe.

The verdant peaks of São Tomé Island provide a backdrop for the Forte de Sao Sebastiao (1575) in São Tomé town, São Tomé and Príncipe.

Praia Melão is near Pantufo on the northeast coast of Sao Tome Island, São Tomé and Príncipe.

Praia Melão is near Pantufo on the northeast coast of Sao Tome Island, São Tomé and Príncipe.

The urban landscape of Sao Tome, São Tomé and Príncipe, hasn't changed much since Portuguese colonial times.

The urban landscape of Sao Tome, São Tomé and Príncipe, hasn't changed much since Portuguese colonial times.

A pink-colored Portuguese colonial building overlooks the waterfront at Sao Tome, São Tomé and Príncipe.

A pink-colored Portuguese colonial building overlooks the waterfront at Sao Tome, São Tomé and Príncipe.

The Sao Tome National Museum is housed in the Forte de Sao Sebastiao (1575) in Sao Tome, São Tomé and Príncipe.

The Sao Tome National Museum is housed in the Forte de Sao Sebastiao (1575) in Sao Tome, São Tomé and Príncipe.

Local residents gather to watch traditional dancing outside the Igreja de Pantufo on Sao Tome Island, São Tomé and Príncipe.

Local residents gather to watch traditional dancing outside the Igreja de Pantufo on Sao Tome Island, São Tomé and Príncipe.

Blue ceramic tiles adorn the interior of the Catedral de Nossa Senhora da Graça in Sao Tome, São Tomé and Príncipe.

Blue ceramic tiles adorn the interior of the Catedral de Nossa Senhora da Graça in Sao Tome, São Tomé and Príncipe.

The 16th century Catedral de Nossa Senhora da Graça in Sao Tome, São Tomé and Príncipe, was rebuilt in 1814. The current facade dates from a 1956 restoration.

The 16th century Catedral de Nossa Senhora da Graça in Sao Tome, São Tomé and Príncipe, was rebuilt in 1814. The current facade dates from a 1956 restoration.

Dancers pose at Pantufo just south of Sao Tome town, São Tomé and Príncipe.

Dancers pose at Pantufo just south of Sao Tome town, São Tomé and Príncipe.

A fisherman pulls in his canoe at Praia Melão on Sao Tome Island, São Tomé and Príncipe.

A fisherman pulls in his canoe at Praia Melão on Sao Tome Island, São Tomé and Príncipe.

Rubber sandal merchants spread their wares on Praca Yon Gato near the main markets in Sao Tome, São Tomé and Príncipe.

Rubber sandal merchants spread their wares on Praca Yon Gato near the main markets in Sao Tome, São Tomé and Príncipe.

Buyers and sellers meet in the Mercado Municipal in Sao Tome, São Tomé and Príncipe.

Buyers and sellers meet in the Mercado Municipal in Sao Tome, São Tomé and Príncipe.

Fishermen enjoying some relaxation at Praia Melão on Sao Tome Island, São Tomé and Príncipe.

Fishermen enjoying some relaxation at Praia Melão on Sao Tome Island, São Tomé and Príncipe.

Taxis are plentiful around the Mercado Municipal in Sao Tome, São Tomé and Príncipe.

Taxis are plentiful around the Mercado Municipal in Sao Tome, São Tomé and Príncipe.