Braga Journals

The catholic Braga.

A travel journal to Braga by Rucas

Igreja do Bom Jesus do Monte Photo, Braga, Portugal More Photos
Quote: Braga is the ancient capital of Galaecia, about 50 km n.e. of Oporto; archbishop of Braga is Portuguese primate; thousands make annual pilgrimage to the Church of Bom Jesus do Monte.

The catholic Braga.

Overview

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The real facts about the origins of Braga are practically hidden in the expanse of the centuries. It has been suggested, however, that it was founded by the Celts. In 250 B.C. Bracara was conquered by the Romans, who held it for a long time, dedicating the town to the Emperor Augustus. so that it appears with the name of Bracara Augusta. It was the meeting point for five famous Roman roads, and was the capital of Galicia, to the North of the River Douro as far as the Cantabrian region. This city - which can to-day count more than 2.250 years in the annals of its history - is one of the oldest Christian towns. It is still considered the greatest centre of religious study in Portugal, and may well be pr...Read More

Igreja do Bom Jesus do Monte

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Attraction

Igreja do Bom Jesus do Monte Photo, Braga, Portugal
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On the overlooking forested slope to the east of the town is one of Portugal’s most famous tourist attractions, Igreja de Bom Jesus de Monte. It is an impressive Baroque staircase symbolic of the 14 Stations of the Cross that lead upwards to a late 18th Century Church. Ornately carved figures and wall-fountains and Chapels decorate the steps according to the various stages of Christ’s last journey. If daunted by the climb there is a primitive funicular railway dating from 1882 that runs-up alongside the steps and will take the visitor to the top. Great views over the town.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 4, 2000

Igreja do Bom Jesus do Monte
Bom Jesus
Braga, Portugal

The Cathedral (Sé)

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The most splendid church, which displays various styles, from the Romanesque to the Baroque. It was founded in 1070 and its south doorway is a survival from this earliest building; its most striking element, however, is the intricate ornamentation of the roofline. A guided tour of the interior takes you through three Gothic chapels, of which the outstanding specimen is the Capela dos Reis (Kings' Chapel), built to house the tombs of Henry of Burgundy and his wife Teresa, the cathedral's founders and the parents of Afonso Henriques, founder of the kingdom. Beyond the chapels is the cathedral museum – one of the richest collections in Portugal, but displayed like a junk shop.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 4, 2000

The Cathedral (Sé)
Braga
Braga, Portugal

Sanctuary of Sameiro

Attraction | "Sameiro"

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A hilltop sanctuary which affords a tremendous panorama over the Minho. It's a place of pilgrimage. From top of the hill you can see Braga And Guimarães. It´s a place of natural beauty. It's placed at the middle of a line formed by Bom Jesus, Sameiro and Falperra sanctuaries.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 4, 2000

Sanctuary of Sameiro

Braga, Portugal

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It's a celtic hill settlement. It's an impressive site, including the foundations of over 150 huts, a couple of which have been rebuilt to give a sense of their scale and design. It's a veritable city of pre-Roman origin (despite having been expanded already during the Roman age). Walking the streets of the ruins of Citania de Briteiros is an enthralling experience. Local epigraphy shows us the Celtic names of some of its inhabitants ( the North of Portugal and Galicia are one of the regions of Iberia where the Celtic peoples more strongly established themselves, together with Celtiberia in central Spain and Alentejo in Portugal). Remember, this is a city from iron ages.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 4, 2000

Citânia de Briteiros
Midway betwen Braga and Guimarães
Braga, Portugal

Mosteiro de Tibães

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The Benedictine monastery of São Martino in Tibães is, even today, one of the most impressive religious buildings in Portugal. When delegates of the Benedictine order met in 1566-67, they appointed Tibães head of all the Portuguese and Brazilian monasteries. From then on, in the XVII and XVIII centuries, consecutive building projects added the church, the monastic buildings, and the gardens. The church's beauty stems from the rich decoration in gilt wood (talha). It covers almost all the visible sacred space in the church. The cloisters are unified by a series of tiles depicting the life and legend of Saint Benedict, while the gardens and natural parks evoke the staircase at Bom Jesus.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 4, 2000

Mosteiro de Tibães
Tibães
Braga, Portugal