Visitors to northern Portugal should be sure to stop in Braga, the oldest city in Portugal. Located in the northwestern corner of the country, Braga was established in 27 BC by the Romans, and is one of the oldest Christian cities in the world, and has been the country’s religious capital since Roman times.
The Cathedral of Braga is Portugal’s oldest church. It was built in the 12th C. by the parents of the first king, Henry of Burgundy and Teresa, who are entombed in the chapel.
Braga is also the capital of the Minho region, a region best known for its colorful festivals, baroque churches, well-preserved cities and lush vegetation. The city’s young population, attractive historic center, and lively streets make Braga an excellent base from which to explore this beautiful area. For more information on the city, click here.
Photo credit: Município de Braga
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