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Braga Sights and Landmarks Guide, Portugal

Braga Sights is proud to contain a list of different landmarks, museums and churches not only in the city but in the country as well. The different attractions are typical of Portugal culture and are closely linked to those seen in Lisbon Sights. Find out more about what you will enjoy while touring the area.

Braga Sights – Landmarks and Museums

Looking into the landmarks in Braga means appreciating how you will tour around the area once you get there. The list includes the following important places:

Antigo Paco Episcopal. During the 14th century, Antigo Paco Episcopal was built and it was enlarged in the 17th and 18th centuries. University offices and the municipal library are now settled here. One should not miss to have a glance on the Azulejos decorated on the main stairway. The ceiling on the library’s computer room is heavily carved and coated with gold.

Arco da Porta Nova. The little but elegant 18th century Arco da Porta Nova once became Braga’s main gate. It is located west of the old center on Rua Dom Diogo de Sousa. It shows the flamboyant coat of arms of Dom Jose de Braganca, the archbishop who commissioned it.

Camara Municipal. Braga’s Camara Municipal, located at the western end of Praca do Municipio, shows one of Portugal’s finest baroque facades. It was designed by Andre Soares da Silva. Though people are not allowed inside, they can enjoy the view of the hall from the outside.

Museu Dom Diogo de Sousa. This new archeological museum is not yet finished and still not ready for visiting. It will remain close until it is completely furnished. As soon as it opens, it will show exhibitions from the whole north Portugal, focusing on the region around Braga.

Braga Sights – Religion and Sports

The community learned to combine serious and trivial matters. The different attractions in this list show that people learned to balance their way of living. Look into the following important parts of Braga Sights.

Braga Cathedral. The cathedral in Braga is the oldest in Portugal. Its construction started in 1070, when the archdiocese was re-established, and it was finished in the 11th century. This extraordinary cathedral covers a variety of architectural styles and buffs. The combination of the two makes it difficult to differentiate the Romanesque skeleton from Manueline musculature and baroque frippery. One will have a hard but happy time in distinguishing the difference and identifying which is which.

Estadio Municipal de Braga, a 30,000 seat Sporting Club, is the current home for Braga’s football team. It was built mainly for Euro 2004, when it was the host of the European Football Championships. Tickets for every event can be bought in the team shop in Centro Commercial Galleries and do Bingo on Avenida da Liberdade.

Jardim de Santa Barbara. This 17th century square, is far from the spiky-topped and medieval north wing of the Archbishop’s Palace. One can be amazed with the sea of flowers and gardens after passing through the narrow paths.

Braga Sights will surely mesmerize you the way Valladolid Sights in Spain will.

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