The building is worth a visit, also the entry tiles and staircase in the main room. A library founded in 1841 by Manuel Rodriguez da Silva and from the 70s has belonged to The University Do Minho. The building was a former episcopal palace and entrance is free.
Access to the interior of the Monastery of Tibães begins in this room, not least because it's where you pay the entrance fee (4 €). Apart from the box office, it's more interesting to spend a bit of time looking at the interactive screens that are scattered throughout the room and a series of audiovisuals that explain what life was like for the monks in this monastery, the architecture and the roles played by each of the agencies. In the center of the room is a model of the monastery and don't miss the typical souvenir shop. Also, from here guided tours depart at 11, 14.30, 15.30 and 16.30 (in Portuguese).
Touring Braga we had the opportunity to visit the shrine of Our Lady do Sameiro, which is on top of the mountains near Braga and near the sanctuary of Bom Jesus Natural Park. Building began in 1863 when they placed the first image of Our Lady of the Conception on top of the mountain. To access the basilica walk there's a spectacular staircase, lined with two high pillars, dedicated to the Virgin Mary and the Sacred Heart. Up and down the stairs is "quite an effort of pilgrimage" for its length and height. The sanctuary also has vehicle access. At the beginning of the stairs is a sculpture of Pope John Paul II to commemorate his visit here. This Marian shrine is considered the 2nd place of pilgrimage after Fatima Portugal. It was worth it, you could see from the top all the region of Braga and a nice sunset.