Aerial View Center Braga City, Portugal (Stock Footage)

Aerial View Center Braga City, Portugal (Stock Footage)

Braga is a Portuguese city located north of Portugal, the third in extension after Lisbon and Porto. It is the seat of a municipality with 183.4 square kilometers area, a population of 181,494 inhabitants (2011) [1] and 137 000 inhabitants in its urban area (2012), the center of the old named Minho region, with over one million of inhabitants. In 2012 it was awarded as the European Youth Capital, granted by the European Youth Forum and has developed many initiatives of cultural, social, political and economic for young people.

Braga had an ancient history that began in Ancient Rome when it was founded in 16 BC as Bracara Augusta in honor of the Roman emperor Augustus (r. 27 BC-14 A.D.)

In popular jargon is known as:

The City of Youth, which despite being the oldest city in Portugal (over 2000 years) is both a city filled with many young and young at heart, and became distinguished as the youngest city in Europe. In 2012, we celebrated the “Braga 2012 – European Capital of Youth.”

The “Portuguese Rome”: in the sixteenth century, archbishop Diogo de Sousa, influenced by his visit to the city of Rome, draws a new city where the squares and churches abound as in Rome. In this title it is also associated with the fact that there are many churches per square kilometer in Braga. It is also considered as the largest center of religious study in Portugal.

The “Baroque City”: during the eighteenth century architect André Soares transforms the city of Braga in Ex-Libris of the Baroque in Portugal.

The “City of the Archbishops” for centuries its archbishop was the most important in the Iberian Peninsula; It still holds the title of Primate of the Spains.

The “Roman City” which in Roman times was the largest and most important city in the territory where it would be Portugal. Ausonius, renowned lawyer from Bordeaux and Aquitaine mayor included Bracara Augusta among the great cities of the Roman Empire. [2]

The “Capital of Minho” or the “Heart of Minho”, to be located in the center of this province. Braga brings a bit of all the Minho and all the Minho has a bit of Braga.

The “City of Three Sacro-Montes”: are sanctuaries situated south-east of the city in a mountain range, and are in the order This South: The Bom Jesus, Sameiro and Falperra (St. Mary Magdalene and Santa Marta of Corks..).

The city is closely linked to the whole Minho: the north lies the traditional Alto Minho, east the Peneda-Geres National Park, south of the manorial land Basto and Industrial Ave and the west sea coast Minhoto.

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