The title “Very Noble, Loyal and Always Present” assigned to city of Angra do Heroísmo emphasizes the importance of this metropolis had throughout the History of Portugal and, and hence of the Azores archipelago. The relevance of the Angra bay , especially in the 15th and 16th centuries, and the importance of the city in political economic and religious chess of the Azores are portrayed in the urban fabric of this city. Observed from the Alto da Memória or Monte Brasil belvedere, the historical centre is a laced picture of streets, alleys, churches, palaces, manor houses, monuments, squares and gardens, which selfless generations knew how to preserve and maintain up to today, even against the forces of the earthquakes. UNESCO recognized this by integrating the Historic Centre of Angra do Heroísmo in the UNESCO World Heritage List
The imposing fort of São João Baptista is the city of Angra do Heroísmo, was built for about 400 years ago, is a unique example of military architecture of the Azores and stands out in defense of the identity of this city. Palaces, churches, convents and museums, there are several places to visit and are open to the public: Cathedral, Capitães –Generais Palace, City Hall, São Gonçalo Church and Bettencourt Palace, and many others. Angra lends itself to the discovery set adrift: the façades of stonework of trachyte and brightly colored paintings, iron balconies and adorned windows, are details to discovery without rushes.
In the municipality of Praia da Vitória, the so-called Ramo Grande Architecture pontificates. These are farmhouses with large, detailed, artful masonry works, usually of ignimbrite, a volcanic rock very peculiar and common in this municipality. These houses, spread out across the Ramo Grande plain, in many cases the houses stand out for its dimensions and additional buildings for rural activities, which also made out of ignimbrite.
In several places of the Terceira island, the impérios of elaborated architecture and façades with bright colours are part of the brand image of the island and deserve it a closer look. Other farmhouses and manor houses complete the secular architecture and the aristocratic atmosphere of the island. Some of them are now used to accommodate tourists.
Terceira breathes culture from every pore. There are several cultural institutions and associations, theatre groups and places of temporary or permanent exhibitions that contribute to the promotion of the culture in the island. This is the case of the Angra do Heroísmo Museum, installed at the São Francisco Convent, with its remarkable collections of military history and of transports of the 18th and 19th centuries. In the city of Praia da Vitória, the small house where Vitorino Nemésio, a great figure of Portuguese culture, was born. An outstanding poet and writer, he was an intellectual who played several roles, from journalist to teacher, from historian to TV presenter; he was the hero of a generation. His romance Mau Tempo no Canal deeply reveals the insular spirit of his works. Nemésio also coined the word Açorianidade (Azoreanity) in 1932.
Embroideries in white, raw or red linen, as well as the colorful quilts of wool produced on handlooms have been classified as a Certified Origin Quality Product.. The typical Viola da Terra (regional guitar), common throughout the Archipelago, has many versions in Terceira, ranging from 15 to 18 strings instead of the traditional 12. Clay and wicker works complete the main handicrafts of the island.