Castle of Braga


castle of braga

Braga, Portugal
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2nd and 11th century

The Castle of Braga is a historical fortification and defensive line encircling the city of Braga. While, in fact, the only remains of this structure are the various gates and towers along its perimeter, the main keep tower, located in the civil parish of Sao Joao do Souto, is the only true remnant of the medieval castle.
The old castle, today demolished, had an approximate rectangular plan, with towers on each vertice. Of the walls of the city, only the gate, tower of Santiago, tower of Sao Sebastiao and Porta Nova remain (the latter being completely remodeled in a Rococo style and completely different stylistically).
The ancient wall can be seen in some of the backyards of homes along the Rua do Anjo and Rua de Sao Marcos. The Gate of Sao Tiago still exists, even if partially altered.

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