The Cathedral was built in the 16th century on the wishes of the local authorities supported by duke Teodósio. It is known that Pêro de la Faia and Fernão Pires were the master craftsman in charge. It was due to be a Convent for the Order of Saint (...)
The construction of the former town hall spread over the reigns of D. Manuel I (who began the work) and D. João III.The whole building is made of austere granite and the ground floor forms a porchway of three pointed arches, corresponding on the (...)
Building work on this basilica dedicated to Santa Luzia and the Sacred Heart of Jesus started in 1904, and lasted until 1959. It is the work of architect Miguel Ventura Terra, who was succeeded by Miguel Nogueira, after the death of his master in (...)
Santo Cristo de Outeiro Minor BasilicaConstruction began in 1698 in the wake of a miracle that occurred in a small chapel next door and the Santo Cristo Sanctuary was completed in first half of the 18th century. Endowed with archaic characteristics (...)
Count Raczinski wrote about this library in "Les Arts au Portugal" in the following terms: «it is the most beautiful, most richly decorated library that I have ever seen». In fact, the beautiful and noble interior of this sumptuous space, built (...)
Capela das Almas (Chapel of Souls) It was the first mother church of Viana until the mid-15th century, when the Cathedral was built within the walled perimeter.Traditionally known as Matriz Velha (Old Mother Church), it was renamed the (...)
Representing a lookout and one of the city´s entrances, the Tower of Santiago still retains its medieval appearance contrasting with the rocaille style added to the northern façade. This is divided into two: the upper section is dominated by the (...)
The Keep (Braga Castle)Set off by the Praça do Castelo and the Praça da República, the Keep is all that remains of Braga castle. This thirty-metre high granite structure gives an idea of the five towers that guarded over the medieval walls.At the (...)
The fortress perimeter has the shape of an irregular polygon, with a maximum diameter of 1,000 metres. There are three main entrances to the castle - the Porta da Esquina, Porta de Olivença and Porta de São Vicente. The keep was rebuilt in 1488.
Governadores CastleBuilt in the 17th century, this building is the only surviving element of the complex of the Seven Stations of the Holy Way that were distributed throughout the city in the 18th century.On the main façade, above each of the two (...)
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