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Monuments of Braga

Since the I st century AD, with the Romans, Braga stands as na important centre of art, nevertheless its main monuments are dated from later centuries: Capela de S. Frutuoso (St Frutuoso Chapel) is Visigothic, the "Sé" (Cathedral) is romanic. The later has, through the years, suffered many alterations. The Gothic, the Manuelline and the Renaissance are styles that didn’t exert much influence upon the city though it actually has a few good specimens in those styles.

The Baroque is the main art period in Braga. The city dominated by the archbishops and by the counter-reformation chose the style. Braga became a first-rate center of art which exported to Brazil.

The main city monuments are dated from that period. Many of them were conceived by the architect Anfré Soares and few executed by Marceliano de Araújo and others sculptors. From them we have the churches of Falperra and Congregados, Tibães altars, Cathedral choir, Casa do Raio, Town Hall and others.

Neo-classicism gives birth to a famous architect, Carlos Amarante, creator of the churches of Bom Jesus, Hospital and others interesting Works.


In Braga, Guia Turístico. Braga, Edições Espaço, September 1985.