Cathedral (Sé) : Michelin's recommendations
This magnificent church was built over several centuries. All that remains of the original Romanesque structure influenced by Cluny architecture is the south portal and arching of the main portal ornamented with scenes from the Story of Renart. The portico was produced by Biscay artists who were brought to Braga in the 16C by Diogo de Sousa. The window frames, which are decorated with mouldings, are from the 17C. The graceful statue of Our-Lady-of-Milk (Senhora do Leite) is believed to be by Nicolas Chanterene. The interior was modified in the 18C. It houses a baptismal font in the Manueline style, in addition to the bronze tomb of the young Dom Afonso, the son of João I, placed in a 16C chapel enclosed by a grille on the right side of the cathedral. The chapel of the Holy Sacrament (capela do Sacramento) contains a beautiful 17C altar in multicoloured wood. Notice above the altar a statue of St Mary of Braga (14C), and a chapel decorated with azulejos (18C ) on the left. Two organ cases are part of a Baroque section chock-full of statues. The cathedral's treasure includes a well-preserved collection of sacerdotal habits and some remarkable silverware that includes the monstrance of Dom Gaspar de Bragança, in gold-plated silver studded with diamonds. The tribune has gilded wood stalls from the 18C. The visit ends with the Capela de São Geraldo, an attractive Gothic chapel whose walls are covered in 18C azulejos.
- Address : L.go do Paço P - 4700 Braga4700Braga
- Phone : 253263317
- Prices : free of charge