Cultural Heritage

The motto “Very Noble, Loyal and Always Constant” bestowed upon the city of Angra do Heroísmo highlights the important role that this city has played throughout the History of Portugal. The importance of the bay of Angra, especially in the 15th and 16th centuries, and the importance of the city in the political, economic and religious landscape of the Azores are portrayed in the urban layout of this city.

From the Alto da Memória or from the Monte Brasil viewpoint, we can see the historic center of Angra do Heroísmo stretching along streets, alleys, churches, palaces, manor houses, monuments, squares and gardens that committed generations have preserved and maintained until the present day and that UNESCO recognized in 1983 by listing the Historic Center of Angra do Heroísmo as a World Heritage Site.

The imposing Fortaleza de São João Baptista [Fortress of St. John the Baptist], built some 400 years ago in the city of Angra do Heroísmo, is a unique building when it comes to the military architecture of the Azores and it rises to defend the identity of the city. Palaces, churches, convents and museums are some of the places worth a visit. It’s your choice!

The so-called Architecture or House of the Ramo Grande is what stands out in the municipality of Praia da Vitória. These are rural manor houses that feature both the use of large slabs of stone and elaborate stonework.

In several places of the island, we can find small chapels known as “impérios” [literally, empires], which showcase an elaborate architectural design and brightly colored facades, are part of the island’s identity and deserve a closer look.

The island of Terceira breathes culture through every pore. There are several cultural institutions and associations, theater groups and temporary and permanent exhibition sites that contribute to the promotion of the island’s culture. This is the case of the Angra do Heroísmo Museum, which is located at the Convento de São Francisco [St. Francis’s Convent] and has on display remarkable collections of military history and of means of transportation from the 18th and 19th centuries.

In the city of Praia da Vitória, the small house where Vitorino Nemésio was born was transformed into the Casa Vitorino Nemésio [Vitorino Nemésio’s House]. A major figure in Portuguese culture, he was not only a renowned poet and writer but also a multifaceted intellectual who worked as a journalist, a professor, a historian and a TV host, influencing a whole generation.

To explore the museums and visitable collection network:
http://www.redemuseuscolecoesvisitaveisacores.pt

Church of Nossa Senhora da Esperança
Church of Nossa Senhora da Esperança The Church of Nossa Senhora da Esperança [Our Lady o […]
Museu Casa dos Botes Baleeiros [Whaleboat Museum]
Museu Casa dos Botes Baleeiros [Whaleboat Museum] Nowadays one can still find signs of th […]
Império do Espírito Santo da Serreta
Império do Espírito Santo da Serreta The Império do Espírito Santo da Serreta is located […]
Império do Divino Espírito Santo da Vila de S. ...
Império do Divino Espírito Santo da Vila de S. Sebastião The Império of the Holy Spirit […]
Quinta do Martelo Ethnographical Center
Quinta do Martelo Ethnographical Center This ethnographical center portrays the old daily […]
Cinco Ribeiras Fort
Cinco Ribeiras Fort The Cinco Ribeiras Fort, also referred as Fort of Nossa Senhora do Pi […]
Império do Espírito Santo da Rua de Baixo de Sã...
Império do Espírito Santo da Rua de Baixo de São Pedro The Império do Espírito Santo da R […]
Misericordia Church
Misericordia Church The first hospital of the Azores was founded here based on an agreeme […]
São Pedro Fort
São Pedro Fort The Fort of São Pedro, also referred as Fort of Biscoitos or Fort of Santo […]
Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição
Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição This church was rebuilt in about 1553 on top of th […]
Silveira e Paulo Palace
Silveira e Paulo Palace João Jorge da Silveira e Paulo, whose family lived in São Tomé Is […]
Old Convent and Church of San Francisco
Old Convent and Church of San Francisco It was the first male monastery of Angra and was […]
Bullfighting Museum
Bullfighting Museum Owned by Paulo Magalhães, the Bullfighting Museum was inaugurated on […]
Santa Catarina Fortress
Santa Catarina Fortress Main fortress that used to protect the bay of Praia da Vitória. I […]
Império do Espírito Santo da Rua da Igreja
Império do Espírito Santo da Rua da Igreja The Império do Espírito Santo da Rua da Igreja […]
Capitães Generais Palace
Capitães Generais Palace After living at Rua de Jesus (street) for some time the Jesuits […]
Mother Church of Praia da Vitória
Mother Church of Praia da Vitória In 1456, Jacóme de Bruges, the first Captain of Vila da […]
Old Episcopal Palace
Old Episcopal Palace This palace dates back to 1544. King D. João II transferred it to th […]
Agricultural Museum of Terceira
Agricultural Museum of Terceira The Agricultural Museum of Terceira Island is situated in […]
Town Hall of Angra do Heroísmo
Town Hall of Angra do Heroísmo Angra has had three city halls. The first city hall had a […]