Braga and Guimaraes Tour in the Northern Portugal is about green and lush vegetation, incredible sights, it is about tradition, history and monuments, but also about modernity and development, famous for its historical buildings, monuments, gardens and fountains Braga is a beautiful city in the heart of the green Minho region.
|PLACE OF DEPARTURE||Hotel/Apartment, Oporto|
|TIME OF DEPARTURE||9:00 AM|
|RETURN TIME||Approximately 6:00 in the afternoon.|
This is a tour that you can not miss, feel Minho region is to feel the landscape, the history, the culture, the tradition of being Portuguese, Braga’s importance as a religious centre is not recent phenomenon, pilgrims have been journeying here for many, many centuries, indeed it is said that the Visigoths would come here to denounce their heresies, in the 12th century, as the seat of the Portuguese archbishops, it became established as the religious capital of the country.
Guimaraes the birthplace of Portugal as we know it today, in establishing Portugal’s status as an independent country and national identity is significant, also from this city is Gil Vicente credited with founding Portuguese theatre in the 16th century and has duly received the moniker ‘The Shakespeare of Portugal’.
The biggest attractions of the city, such as the Episcopal Palace with its gardens, the Largo and the Church of the Cross, and finally the Republic Square where you can feel the pulse of this vibrant city.
We will visit its Cathedral, where the cross used for the first mass in Brazil is kept, admire its magnificent tube organs, visit the upper choir and the mortuary chapels of some bracarensese archbishops where we will find the tombs of the fathers of the first Portuguese king (D. Afonso Henriques).
It is much more than a religious or tourist point, it is part of the life of bracarenses (nicknames of the residents of Braga).
Water Powered Lift
Simple and effective a water tank that fills the upper plane and empties in the lower plane. The amount of water to be placed is determined by the passengers, at the time of departure, the driver of the lower cabin informs the superior by a sound signal the number of passengers in that cabin and it fills the tank with an amount of water according to these information.
The weight of the water, together with the weight of the passengers, causes this cabin to descend and from the opposite side to the cabin with new passengers.
Bom Jesus - Sanctuary
Built in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with various architectural styles between the Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical, with several chapels of the Via Sacra and the Church, a monumental staircase punctuated by statues and symbolic sources, this model had wide repercussions in Portugal and Brazil. This Sanctuary of Bom Jesus served as inspiration for numerous constructions around the world, Bom Jesus de Congonhas, in Brazil, the Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies, in Lamego, among others.