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Braga - sunset - Krista photo

Braga - Cathedral - Sé de Braga - Krista photo

Braga - late night - v.j. photo

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Braga - watery eyes - v.j. photo

Background

Braga - Praca da Republica, the main square - Krista photo

Destination in brief

Braga is located 53 km (33 mi) north of Porto.

Population (in 2020): 199,000 - Braga is the third-largest city in Portugal, a small town in terms of a tourist visit, as all worthwhile sights are within walking distance.

Braga is a beautiful, picturesque, airy, typical "Portuguese" city. It looks like a university town, i.e., it is full of young people, and thus life is busy, at least during the school year, so not in summer

Braga is often called ,, the Portugal's answer to Rome", because of the multitude of churches, the strong presence of the Catholic religion, and the high proportion of practicing believers. So, it is not surprising that most of Braga's tourist attractions are churches. Visiting Braga, it is easy to observe that plenty of money is invested in the renovation and maintenance of the church monuments.

There is a known saying in Portugal: Lisbon is having fun, Coimbra is studying, Porto is working, and Braga is praying. The Portuguese themselves consider Braga to be a deeply conservative city with stable preservation of religious traditions and values. This is not contradicted by the fact that, at the same time, it is a city full of young people and youthful vigor. By the way,  on their religious festivals (romarias), you can often observe how the sacred, orthodox rituals are conflict-freely mixed with profane, very secular, even naughty expressions.




Nowadays

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Braga - pedestrian street - Krista photo

Tourist etiquette

1. If you talk to the locals, do not criticize the Roman Catholic religion, religiosity in any way.

2. Don't make fun of their folkloric traditions or their peculiar ancient Portuguese accent.


Attractions

Braga - Cathedral - Sé de Braga - Krista photo

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