What to visit in Braga Portugal

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Sé Cathedral Choir

The guided tour of the choir inside the Sé (cathedral) gives an up-close look at the mesmerising organs and gilded choir stalls. Visitors are led downstairs and into the cathedral’s showpiece Capela dos Reis (Kings’ Chapel), home to the tombs of Henri of Burgundy and Dona Teresa, parents of the first king of Portugal, Afonso Henriques.

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You’ll also visit the azulejo (hand-painted tile)-covered Capela de São Geraldo (dating from the 12th century but reworked over the years) and the 14th-century Capela da Glória, whose interior was painted in unrepentantly Moorish geometric motifs in the 16th century.




Braga’s newest museum is housed inside Palácio do Raio, the extroverted work by André Soares, its rococo face covered in azulejos. The gorgeous interiors, also filled with azulejos, showcase works of sacred art, textiles, paintings, sculptures, jewellery and pottery, all bearing witness to 500 years of the building’s history.

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Check out the collection of old medical instruments (weighing scales, pharmacy vials, tincture bottles); the building housed São Marcos hospital from 1884.

Museu dos Biscainhos

An 18th-century aristocrat’s palace is home to the enthusiastic municipal museum, with a nice collection of Roman relics and 17th- to 19th-century pottery and furnishings. The palace itself is the reason to come, with its polychrome, chestnut-panelled ceilings and 18th-century azulejos depicting hunting scenes. The ground floor is paved with deeply ribbed flagstones on which carriages would have once rattled through to the stables.






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