Braga Cathedral

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One of the oldest churches in Portugal is known for its art, architecture and tombs of notable people from the country’s history.

Visit Braga Cathedral to see a captivating example of Romanesque and baroque architecture. The austere façade of this monumental 11th-century church features gargoyles, statues, towers and portals decorated with reliefs. Inside, find tombs with royal connections and a museum full of religious art.

Since construction started in 1070 under the guidance of Bishop Don Pedro, the building has undergone many changes. All that remains of the original edifice is the moulding underneath the main door.

Start your visit by surveying the architectural details of the exterior. Your eyes are immediately drawn to the imposing baroque bell towers and their crown steeples. On the outer wall of the main chapel, look for the statue of Madonna breastfeeding Jesus. In the cathedral’s apse, see another statue of the Virgin Mary suckling her child.

Tour the cathedral’s handful of chapels. Go to the Kings Chapel to look at the tombs of Dom Henrique and Dona Teresa, the parents of Portugal’s first king. Visit the Chapel of Saint Peter of the Rates for the 18th-century painted tiles that depict episodes of his life. At the Chapel of the Glory, see the tomb of Archbishop Gonçalo Pereira with its stone effigy of the religious leader. His final resting place is also notable for the geometric decorations on the chapel walls.

Admire the stone rib-vaulted ceiling of the main chapel and the reliefs of Christ and the Apostles on the altar table. This is what is left of a stone altar commissioned in the 14th century by the serving Archbishop of the time. Marvel at the elaborate decoration of the two 18th-century gilded organs.

Venture upstairs to see the Museum of Sacred Art. Enjoy an assortment of valuable religious pieces including embroidered vestments from the 16th to 18th centuries and a 12th-century gothic chalice.

Braga Cathedral is open all day and admission is free. Situated in the heart of the city, it is easily reached on foot and by public transport.

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2 out of 5
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The price is $36 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in the heart of Braga, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Theatro Circo and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Bom Jesus do Monte. Santa Barbara Garden ...
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"It's a good price for the value. Clean and no noise."

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Vila Galé Collection Braga
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4 out of 5
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The price is $137 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in the heart of Braga, this spa hotel is steps from Theatro Circo and Pius XII Museum. Medina Museum and Archbishop's Palace are also within 10 minutes. ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (246 reviews)
"The hotel itself is beautiful and in a very good location. The service throughout the hotel leaves a lot to be desired. Anytime you want to receive service from either main bar or pool bar, you have to go hunt down a server and then when they tell you they will be back to take your order, don't believe ..."

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Hotel João XXI
Hotel João XXI
2 out of 5
Avenida Joao XXI, 849, Braga
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The price is $44 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 2
Located in the heart of Braga, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Parque da Ponte and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Bom Jesus do Monte. Theatro Circo and Santa Barbara ...
3.9/5Good! (79 reviews)
"Central location ,friendly staff,easy check in and out Everything was fine . Only thing which is no big deal ,got a double room,2 people ,1 coffee cup ,7 sugar bags,only 1 tea bag and no coffee.they just forgot to restock it,apart from that it was fine"

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2 out of 5
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2 out of 5
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The price is $44 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 2
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4 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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The price is $78 per night from Oct 14 to Oct 14
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The price is $79 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
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4 out of 5
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Hostel Theorynomad AL Braga
2 out of 5
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The price is $42 per night from Oct 8 to Oct 8
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