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About the Region - Braga
Braga Hotel of Axis Group allows you to enjoy the proximity of all the wealth and cultural heritage of an emblematic city of our country.
As a citizen of the Renaissance, enter the city of Braga by the New Gate Arch, the medieval city door where was handing over the keys of the city.
This symbolic key opens the gates of an ancient city that keeps its monuments in the glow of the power that their bishops had.
Its cathedral, the oldest in the country, was the highest religious reference of Portugal and the popular saying "older than the Cathedral of Braga, " referring to something really old, is evidence of its antiquity. His ecclesiastical power, so often associated in medieval times to the power of the sword, spread the kingdoms of Spain and Portugal.
In the shadow of the Cathedral, Braga has been enriched with monuments. In the 16th century, archbishop Diogo de Sousa, impressed with the Rome of Pope Julius II gave him the luster and decorative grace of the Renaissance.
Later, the exuberance of the Baroque period would build other splendid buildings. Of all ages the city has unexpected large and small points of interest, like a medieval tower, window shutters that covered the faces of women, or one that resembles a palace Louis XV.
In more recent times, the opening of the University and the quality of contemporary architecture has a boost of youth that was filled with light, color and unpredictability of modernity to the city.
The city of Braga, for being one of the oldest Christian cities in the world, has a vast religious heritage. Churches abound in its historical center, with several buildings classified as national monuments. For visitors, the Cathedral of Braga is the Ex-Libris monument, built in the eleventh century. But a casual stroll through the center reveals numerous other historical buildings. Nearby stands the Bom Jesus and Sameiro, at the mountain of the same name, but other with historical value can be visited, such as the Basilica of Saint Martin of Dume, the Chapel of San Frutuoso, and several convents that surround the city.
Braga by night
In the evening Braga is a city full with light, outside and inside. Its stores, monuments and streets, lit, are an invitation to a relaxed ride. The numerous cafes and leisure facilities, gardens and squares, bars and shopping malls, are seeked by the population for a peaceful end to the day.
Always a big shopping center, the city of Braga in recent years gained the status of the portuguese third largest city, with its 180,000 inhabitants. His University of Minho grew a working life that has not stopped to reflect on the city streets. With a population always eager to social and cultural activities, the streets are full of discussion groups in coffee houses and cafes. The Theater-Circus, renovated a few years ago, is a fantastic example of a living cultural hall. Annually, around the time of Holy Week in Eastern, and S. John town festivities, the city is filled with animation and street life.
Shopping at Braga
From the oldest Souto street to modern shopping centers, Braga exudes an atmosphere of commercial demand. The historic, largely closed to traffic, is also a huge outdoor shopping area, well preserved, and with the best brands available in their stores.