The title “Very Noble, Loyal and Always Constant” attributed to Angra do Heroísmo highlights the importance that this city had throughout the history of Portugal. The relevance of the bay of Angra, especially in the 15th and 16th centuries, and the importance of the city in the political, economic and religious framework of the Azores are portrayed in the urban fabric of this city.
From Alto da Memória or from the Monte Brasil viewpoint, we can see the historic center of Angra do Heroísmo that extends in a lacework of streets, alleys, churches, palaces, manor houses, monuments, squares and gardens, which selfless generations knew how to preserve and maintain until to today, and which UNESCO knew how to recognize, integrating the Historic Center of Angra do Heroísmo on the World Heritage list.
The imposing fortification of São João Baptista in the city of Angra do Heroísmo, built around 400 years ago, is a unique example of military architecture in the Azores and stands in defense of the identity of this city. Palaces, churches, convents and museums, there are many places to visit.
In the municipality of Praia da Vitória it is the so-called architecture or “Casa do Ramo Grande” that pontificates. Rural houses, characterized by the use of large stone slabs and stonework worked with meticulous art.
In various locations on Terceira, “empires” of elaborate architecture and brightly colored façades are part of the island’s trademark and deserve a closer look.
Terceira Island breathes culture from every pore. There are several cultural institutions and associations, theater groups and temporary or permanent exhibition venues that contribute to the promotion of the island’s culture. This is the case of the Museum of Angra do Heroísmo, installed in the Convent of São Francisco, with its remarkable collections of military and transport history from the 18th and 19th centuries.
In the city of Praia da Vitória, Casa Vitorino Nemésio occupies the small house where this great figure of Portuguese culture was born. A poet and writer of choice, Vitorino Nemésio was an intellectual with many facets, from journalist to professor, from historian to presenter of a television program that marked a generation.
To explore the region’s museums and museums: http://www.redemuseuscolecoesvisitaveisacores.pt