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Cathedral of Santa Maria de Braga

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Address: Se Primaz Rua Dom Paio Mendes, Braga 4700-424, Portugal
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+351 253 263 317
08:00 - 19:00
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A famous historian used to say "Braga's Cathedral has many ancient things and many beautiful things; unfortunately, the beautiful aren't ancient and the ancient aren't... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Braga, Portugal
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Highlight was for sure the mummy. You can get real close if you want. It has the teeth in real good state :)

Thank Oscar C
Braga, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A famous historian used to say "Braga's Cathedral has many ancient things and many beautiful things; unfortunately, the beautiful aren't ancient and the ancient aren't beautiful"... :) This church stands on a place of worship for over 2000 years, always being adapted, built, rebuilt... so at any corner there can be a surprise, any rock can have a deeper meaning.... More 

Thank MagdA S
Madrid, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Deserves a visit, including chapels, museum, cathedral. The masterpiece is the two Organs, with rich barocco gilded wood, very well restaured, and in use.

Thank Carlos T
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

It may look like a regular Cathedral from the outside, but it's a true architecture history lesson on the inside: between itself and the side chapel, it has so many architectural styles! It's amazing how well they all work together to create this unique sanctuary.

Thank Marina F
Kiryat Motzkin, Central District, Israel
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

we walked around and around to find the entrance. they charge a fee for the cathedral end the museum. you can walk freely around the cloisters which is very nice. When you walk around the building you can appreciate the different styles but we were on the lookout especially for the leftover of the oldest piece of façade in Romanesque... More 

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Voorhees, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Don't let the time worn exterior of this cathedral fool you! The interior is absolutely magnificent! Remember to look up as the ceilings are so amazing! The pipes from the organ are not to be missed! Enjoy this experience. It is so worth it!

Thank JMommaNJ
Edmonds, WA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

This 12th century Church is a must see in Braga. Nestled in the new city, it stands out as a true historic site. The interior of this religious marvel is a great example of medieval architecture. Even if your sightseeing has put you in church-overload, this one is a must!

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

Don't miss this incredible cathedral. Pay the 5 euro entrance fee which is well worth it for a personal guide in English to 3 amazing chapels. The painted ceilings and the organ are amazing.

Thank BandCtravellers
Carno, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

What more can I say this is a very beautiful cathedral, well worth a visit. We stood for ages just looking

Thank Tanyllyn
Kalmar, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Worth a visit to see the whole cathedral from the inside. There were a lot of visiters in the same time but the cathedral are that big so it was no problems.

Thank Anders A

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