Tibaes Monastery is a fabulous monument, a wonderful sight etched in your memory for the rest of your life! I advise everyone to visit it and leave after your opinion on this page. I am sure that you will not be disappointed, as it's much more beautiful than my picture.
In Republic Square is the building known as Arcade, built by Rodrigo de Moura Teles in 1715, replacing one by Diego de Sousa. The Church of Our Lady of Lapa and Café Vianna are also here and it's a place with a lot of life. Nearby is the Tourist Office, so it's an essential place to visit.
The eighteenth century New Gate Arch was designed by André Soares and is Baroque and Neoclassical. The Baroque façade is facing towards the outside of the city and has the coat of arms of Archbishop Gaspar de Braganza. The Neoclassical façade faces the interior and is crowned by a statue of Our Lady of Nazareth.
This small tower is next to the fire station in Upper Cividade (very close to the Capela de São Sebastião), it was part of the medieval city wall and was built in the XIV-XV century from quarried granite. Its mission was to strengthen the Puerta de San Sebastián, which opened to the north and was an exit of the city to the important core of San Pedro de Maximinos, following the path of the ancient Roman road.
This former college and seminary in the Largo de São Tiago was built by Archbishop Frei Bartolomeu dos Martires for the Society of Jesus. It's a very large U-shaped building which is based on an ancient medieval tower wall (now Museum of History). The Seminary Chapel is at the back of the square and is the current parish Igreja de São Paulo. The facade is Baroque and typically Portuguese with white granite details framing the doorway and windows, above the main door there's a triangular pediment and higher up a large shield of the order. Currently the interior of this seminary is the Pius XII Museum.
This house is classified as a Public Interest Property (IPP) and is in the central pedestrian area outside Central Avenue, next to the Church of the Banded and the University of Minho. It was built in the eighteenth century by the Rolão family (hence its name) for silk manufacture and was designed by architect André Soares, it originally had 2 floors then another was added. The most significant feature of its facade is the stone work around doors, especially the upper windows, with a sort of protruding pointed shell. The building is topped with a balustrade and vases at the corners. The house now contains a bookstore and café-library called "Hundred Page".
This building, on Central Avenue, is in a state of apparent abandonment (waiting to be classified as IPP). It's at the height of Rolão House but across the park. It's an ancient institution, founded in the early eighteenth century by Archbishop Rodrigo de Moura Teles, dedicated to charity and to the acceptance of women (poor, widows, etc.) and was annexed to the chapel of St. Mary Magdalene. The main facade has a rectangular tower higher than the rest of the building.
This magnificent cross is 6 km from the city, at the foot of Monte S. Gens in Mire de Tibães, in what was the former Monastery of São Martinho de Tibães. It's a National Monument and has the most monumental and artistic value of the crosses of Braga. It stands on a staircase of 9 steps and its shank consists of two parts with different decor: below lilies and striations on the top, to finish in a Corinthian capital on which there's a ball, then a cross was erected. The base rests on four heads of lion cubs and the north side is engraved a stone coat of the Benedictine order.
This beautiful cloister belongs to the oldest part of Tibães Monastery. It has a square and two doors that communicate with the Church (it's next to the cemetery, hence its name) and the Sacristy, respectively. There's also a stairway that leads to the top floor of the monastery, where monks lived. The faculty consists of a gallery of stone arches, under which there are beautiful tiles (in blue and white tones) in which biblical and monastic scenes are depicted. In the center, there's an ornamental stone fountain and landscaped gardens.
Another eye-catching building in Republic Square is home to the Bank of Portugal, on the corner of Rua dos Chaos. Its has a granite facade, is 2-storey with large windows protected by dark green bars. The corner of the building is formed by a sort of semi-circular tower topped with a dome on which there are two bronze sculptures, representing a man and a woman.
This magnificent building is located in the Praça Conde de Agrolongo and it has been a nursing home since 1975. It was previously the Convent of the Savior and for that reason (despite being renovated) it still retains some of the typical convent architecture, such as the inner cloister or the chapel. It is a very large building, that takes up an entire side of the square. It has three floors and facade that is divided into four sections, two of which are taller than the others.
This fountain is attached to one of the walls that faces San Fructuoso Church in São Salvador de Montélios. It's a public fountain (not ornamental) and was part of the monastery complex that was on this promontory, about 4 km from the city center, but now its water that flows from a sort of lion's head isn't potable. It's decorated in granite and at the top there's a niche with a statue holding the infant Jesus in her arms.
About 4 km from Braga's center, in São Salvador de Montélios, a convent was built in the VII century that became the center of religious life in this area. The Chapel of San Fructuoso (Visigothic), the Church of San Fructuoso (post construction) and fragments of masonry walls around the room are preserved.
This convent is on the "Roman itinerary" (as recommended by the tourist office near Braga). It belonged to the now extinct Convent of the Immaculate and is built of masonry. Its peculiarity is that it sits on a vast stretch of Roman wall of the lower empire, southern boundary of the city.
In the upper area of the city, the asylum San José is a residence for seniors, but was previously the Convent of Santa Teresa, founded in the eighteenth century by Archbishop Gaspar de Bragança. It's fairly large, rectangular and 2-storey with a white painted facade and some stone motifs framing the doors, windows and the front of the old church.