Braga is the oldest Portuguese city and one of the oldest Christian cities in the world. It was founded in Roman times as Bracara Augusta, has over 2000 years of history as a city. Located in northern Portugal, 54 minutes by train from Porto.
Braga had a crucial role in Portuguese history. Nowadays, the city has a resident population of 192,494 inhabitants, representing the seventh-largest municipality in Portugal (by population). It is the third-largest urban center in Portugal, after Lisbon and Porto, it has retained its importance over the years.
It is mostly known for its devotion to tradition and religion. Braga is also one of the oldest Christian cities in the world, dating back to the Roman Empire when it was called Bracara Augusta. Though the Romans ruled it, the city was actually founded by the Celts in 300 years BC. There are ancient buildings and churches around every corner! You will visit Portugal’s oldest cathedral, a Sé de Braga.
Even though Braga is a very traditional city, it is also full of life and young people. It also offers opportunities for recreation and culture unique in the country, with its nightlife, cinemas, theater, exhibitions, museums and art galleries. Braga is home to one of the largest universities in Portugal, the University of Minho with over 20,000 students, and is Portugal’s tech start-up hotbed. The city was even named the European Youth Capital in 2012.
Book online this tour and discover with us this amazing city. Braga Walking Tour and Private Transfer to the incredible Sanctuary of Bom Jesus.
Visit the Cathedral of Braga (included the ticket). According to tradition, the Braga diocese was established in the third century, but history only confirms from the year 900. The current building is deployed on another religious building that was possibly the previous cathedral.
Leaving the cathedral, go to see Igreja da Misericórdia.
Then, stop by the Garden of Santa Bárbara (Jardins de Santa Bárbara), Arcada, and Avenida da Liberdade.
Finally, the private transfer to the marvelous Sanctuary of Bom Jesus. Local magnificent, combining the work of Nature and Man. The Bom Jesus do Monte Shrine is located on top of Mount Espinho, surrounded by a splendid forest. And, it was declared World Heritage by the UNESCO on July 07, 2019.
It’s time to climb to Bom Jesus de Braga in the oldest elevator (funicular) in the world moved by water. It was inaugurated on March 25th, 1882 and it’s a masterpiece of Portuguese engineering. Once at the top we can admire the Baroque style sanctuary “Bom Jesus”, and contemplate in the valley below the ancestral city of Braga.
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