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Cities in Braga, Portugal
City: # City: #
Barcelos16 Guimarães69
Braga129 Póvoa de Lanhoso1
Cabeceiras de Basto1 Vieira do Minho1
Esposende7 Vila Nova de Famalicão20
Fafe3 Vila Verde2
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Take a look at The ancient city of Braga has always been an important centre for culture, commerce and religion. The Romans dedicated it to their Emperor and called it Bracara Augusta, making it their Galician head-quarters in 216 BC. Following a succession of destructive invasions, the city was rebuilt by Bishop Pedro (1070-1093), who established it as one of the most important religious centres in the Iberian peninsular. In the 12th century, it became the seat of Portugal's archbishops, and the country's religious capital. Today Braga is the 3rd biggest city of Portugal!

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What to see: Braga's Sé cathedral was begun in the 12th century, making it the oldest in Portugal. Outstanding features include a chapel housing the 15th century tomb of King João I's first son, Dom Afonso, who died in childhood. The cathedral also houses the city's Sacred Art Museum, which contains a rich collection of ecclesiastical treasures, statues, carvings and rare azulejo glazed tiles. Near the cathedral is the former archbishops' palace, which dates back to the 14th century. The are several more religious buildings to see, including the 16th century Church of the Misericórdia, with its Baroque wood carvings on the main alter, and Church of São Vicente, which was founded in the 7th century and rebuilt in 1691. To the west of the city centre is the Biscainhos Palace, an aristocratic mansion originally built in the 16th century and now home to the Ethnography and Arts Museum. Nearby: The chapel of São Frutuoso de Montélios, located 3.5 km from Braga, is one of the few remaining examples of pre-Romanesque architecture to be found in Portugal. Built in the 7th century, it was destroyed by the Moors and rebuilt four centuries later. 4 km west of the city stands Tibães Monastery, a magnificent Baroque building set amidst wooded gardens and orchards. Visitors shouldn't miss the religious sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte, located high on a forested slope 6 km east of Braga. At the top of a great pilgrims' stairway stands an impressive church, from where visitors can enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. The shrine also boasts a splendid baroque staircase that climbs up a wooded hillside in a series of terraced zigzags.

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Edited by: emminha on 18.01.2006 emminha on 27.09.2005
Last postings about Braga Portugal from other users
lipititi wrote: Just have a look around,it's a "small" but very pretty city!!!! :)It's Human World Heritage

tugagirl wrote:

Meet historic spots and coffes, "Bom Jesus" (a beautiful place where you can have a view of the city)... Trekking and camping on Peneda do Geres National Park More Info?!...ask me!

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