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Cathedral in Braga

This jewel in Braga's crown was developed in 11 century. on the site of an earlier Romanesque church, enlarged in later centuries and remodeled in Manueline style in the early 16 century. It's most striking external features are the west porch, with 3 bays of groined vaulting and a beautiful iron grille, and a charming figure of Nossa Senhora do Leite (Our Lady of Milk), probably by the French sculptor Nicolas Chanteren, on the rear wall of the choir.

Inside, above the richly ornamented Manueline font, is a magnificently carved organ case. In the Coro Alto (high choir) are fine 15th C. choir-stalls. On the high altar is a 14th C. figure of the Virgin. Among the many monuments in the church is the very fine tomb in a side chapel of the Infante Dom Afonso, Joao I's natural son (15th C.).

Capela dos Reis: From the cloister it is also possible to gain access to three chapels adjoining the cathedral. In the Capela dos Reis, built directly onto the nave, are the 16th C. tombs of Henry of Burgundy (d. 1112) and his wife Dona Teresa, and, behind glass, the mummified body of Archbishop Lourenço Vicente Coutinho (14th C.).

Capela da Glória: From the cloister it is also possible to gain access to three chapels adjoining the cathedral. The Capela da Glória, decorated with azulejos and heraldic frescos, contains the tomb of Archbishop Gonçalo Pereira (1336), commander of the Minho forces in the battle of Rio Salado against the Moroccans.

Capela de Sao Geraldo: From the cloister it is also possible to gain access to three chapels adjoining the cathedral. The Capela de Sao Geraldo has azulejos depicting scenes from the life of St Gerald, the first Archbishop of Braga (1096-1108).


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