Portugal Braga

Braga has one of the youngest populations in Europe (it was proclaimed to be the European city with the youngest residents in 1989), which makes the city dynamic and energetic, yet full of history and traditions. 

It is one of the oldest Portuguese cities and one of the oldest Christian cities in the world. It was founded in the Roman times as Bracara Augusta and boasts more than 2,000 years of history as a city. Situated in the North of Portugal, in the Cávado Valley (Vale do Cávado), Braga has a population of about 174,000 inhabitants. It is the center of the Great Metropolitan Area of Minho (GAM - Grande Área Metropolitana do Minho) with a population of around 800,000 inhabitants.

Internationally famous as a popular tourist destination, the city of Braga attracts visitors with its beautiful monuments, magnificent gardens, cuisine and the animated social and cultural life.

It’s a vibrant city with culture and tradition, where history and religion go hand in hand with technology, industry and university life. Probably the main religious center in the country, Braga, known, in the Roman era as “Bracara Augusta”, is known for its baroque churches, magnificent 18th century houses, gardens and squares, it was also the headquarters of the Portuguese bishopric in the XII century. 

Braga’s long history can be seen in its monuments and churches. The most impressive church is the Sé, which has several styles, from Roman to Baroque. Braga is also proud of its splendid houses, especially those from the 18th century.

The Roman ruins represent another point of interest in the city; you can find several points of archaeological places of interest in the city: The Idol Fountain, The Roman Spa of Alto da Cividade, Bracara’s Pre-Roman Bathhouse, among others.

"Bom Jesus", "Sameiro", "Falperra", “Mosteiro de Tibães” are outstanding places that should be included in any tour of Braga. Due to their beauty and religious value, based on religious interest and surrounded by unspoiled green areas, these are inevitable places on a visit to the city of Braga. The gastronomy in Braga, Braga’s handicraft, the festivals, music and folklore are also reasons for visiting our city.

Photo by Vladimir Varfolomeev 


Religious Architecture Civil Architecture Archaelogical Patrimony Squares and Gardens Museums and Collections
Sé Cathedral "Arco da Porta Nova"  "Fonte do Ídolo" (Idol Fountain) "Largo do Paço" "Tesouro-Museu da Sé de Braga"
"Igreja do Pópulo" (Pópulo Church) "Palácio dos Biscaínhos" (Biscaínhos Palace) "Termas Romanas" (Roman SPA) "Jardim Bom Jesus do Monte" (Good Jesus Garden) "Mosteiro de S. Martinho de Tibães" (Monastery of S. Martinho of Tibães)
"Igreja e Mosteiro de Tibães" (Church and Monastery of Tibães)     "Jardim de Santa Bárbara" (Santa Bárbara Garden) "Museu Nogueira da Silva" (Nogueira da Silva Museum)
        "Museu Pio XII" (Pio XII Museum)
        "Museu dos Biscaínhos" (Biscaínhos Museum)
        "Museu da Imagem" (Image Museum)
        "Museu de Arqueologia D. Diogo de Sousa" (D. Diogo de Sousa Archaeology Museum)
        "Museu dos Cordofones" (Cordofones' Museum)


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