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Originally founded by the Romans, 2,000-year-old Braga later became the first Christian settlement in Portugal. Today, it’s a lively university town with a thriving nightlife and a compact yet beautiful Baroque heart. 

Most of ancient Braga’s main attractions are centered on the arcaded Praça da Republica, strewn with fairy tale churches and focused on the lovely Arcada fountain. The centerpiece of all this architectural majesty is Portugal’s oldest cathedral, built in the 11th century and now showing off a variety of styles from Romanesque to Baroque. Amid the gilded choir stalls and Baroque flourishes, the King’s Chapel houses the tomb of Henry of Burgundy, the father of Portugal’s first king, Afonso Henriques. 

Along with the tranquil Garden of Santa Barbara, a cluster of historic buildings surround the cathedral, including the church of Santa Cruz and its Mannerist splendor; the serene late-Renaissance Museu dos Biscaínhos, with its fine displays of Asian decorative arts; and the 14th-century Archbishop’s Palace. A short walk from the Praça da Republica down the flowered promenade of Avenida da Liberdade leads to the 18th-century Rococo Casa do Raio, built by eccentric architect André Soares.  Its façade is almost entirely encrusted with blue-and-white Portuguese azulejos tiles. 

But Braga’s pièce de résistance and Portugal’s most celebrated Christian sight is the Neoclassical Bom Jesus do Monte sanctuary, located three miles outside the city in Tenões.

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Braga is accessible from Porto in under an hour. Regular bus services run between the two, and electric trains leave Porto from the main railway station, with trips taking about an hour and 10 minutes.
Address: Braga, Portugal
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Braga and Guimarães Full Day Private Tour from PortoCultural Tours

Braga and Guimarães Full Day Private Tour from Porto

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Tour the 2,000-year-old city of Braga and the UNESCO-listed city of Guimaraes with a private guide on this trip from Porto. Make the most of sightseeing on a tour that includes hotel pickup and drop-off and in-depth commentary about the history of each site.
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Barcelos, Braga and Guimarães TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Barcelos, Braga and Guimarães Tour

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Discover three of northern Portugal’s historic cities on this full-day tour to Barcelos, Braga, and Guimarães. See where Portugal’s national symbol, the rooster, originated in Barcelos, visit the country’s oldest cathedral in Braga, and visit the birthplace of Portugal in Guimarães. Listen to informative commentary from your guide about the history of the cities and Portugal as you stroll around each location.
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BRAGA Authentic Walking Tour & LunchCultural Tours

BRAGA Authentic Walking Tour & Lunch

With a local and an official tour guide, get to know the downtown of what's considered the "Rome of Portugal" - Braga.Considered one of the oldest and most religious cities in Portugal, Braga holds a particular backgroung since Roman times until nowadays, especially with its Baroque churches from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.Discover the main highlights of this Northern city and, at the end, enjoy a local and traditional lunch with Portuguese food from the North.
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Barcelos, Braga and Guimarães Tour from EsposendePrivate Sightseeing Tours

Barcelos, Braga and Guimarães Tour from Esposende

During this private tour you discover the historic center of Barcelos, famous for its colorful ceramics, medieval monuments and for creating Portugal’s national symbol - the rooster.On Thursdays you can get involved in one of the oldest and biggest markets in Portugal.In Braga, you will find a religious city with more than 2000 years of history. You will visit Portugal’s oldest cathedral, the famous sanctuary and ancient attractions such as the 14th-century Castle of Braga and the ´Arco da Porto Nova´.Discover the delightful medieval centre of Guimarães. You will see why the historical center city -the birthplace of the nation- was warranted as UNESCO World Heritage .Besides the beautiful center city you will also visit the castle that accommodated the Counts of Portugal during the 10th and 11th century and the 15th century Palace of the ´Duques de Braganza`.
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From Porto Braga and Guimarães Private Tour Full DayCultural Tours

From Porto Braga and Guimarães Private Tour Full Day

Take a cultural journey to 2 of the most beautiful cities in Portugal on a full-day tour to Guimarães and Braga. Discover the birthplace of the nation and a former Roman settlement more than 2,000 years old.
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Braga and Guimarães Full Day Tour from Porto in ShuttleCultural Tours

Braga and Guimarães Full Day Tour from Porto in Shuttle

Get a better understanding of the history of Portugal on this guided tour from Porto to Guimarães, the nation's birthplace where the center is a designated UNESCO World Heritage SIte, and Braga, a city founded by the Romans more than 2,000 years ago. While exploring the cities' historic churches, monuments, and medieval buildings, hear insights into each and lesser-known stories from your guide.
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