4 titles that Braga is known for

In Portugal or even in foreign countries, there are multiple names that are used as titles of the city of Braga. Each one is related to a specific characteristic of the city and…there are some that are not exactly nice, which may irritate people from Braga.

Here, we leave some of the more pleasant titles given to the city and the respective explanation.

See also: An itinerary through Braga’s Baroque

Archbishops’ City

The archdioceses of Braga was founded even before Portugal and was, for a very long time, the only one in the country. At the time, it was the most important destination of pilgrims in the Iberian Peninsula and, despite having lost some of its previous preponderance, it still is until today a city with a great significance religiously. For these reasons, Braga is still known nowadays as the Archbishops’ City.


Portuguese Rome

In the 16th century, Braga’s Archbishop Dom Diogo de Sousa implemented profound changes and restorations to the city. Inspired by what he had seen in Rome, he created a new plant for Braga, making it grow in size and filling it with innumerous new squares and churches, a characteristic that Braga keeps until today. It’s for this motive that Braga, city of uncountable churches, is still known nowadays as the “Portuguese Rome”.


Capital of the Baroque

Braga is one of the Portuguese cities with the higher index of Baroque monuments. It was home for such important names to the architectonic style like sculptor Marceliano de Araújo and architect André Soares, responsible for the fronts of Congregados Church, Falperra Chapel and Raio Palace. Walking through the city, it’s impossible not to notice the typical traces of the style that are present all around. As such, Braga is precisely known for the title of Capital of the Baroque.


“Penico do céu”

Braga is, according to outsiders, an extremely rainy city. And people from Braga may not even notice but the raining levels of the city are, in fact, one of the highest in the country. So, Braga is popularly known as “penico do ceú”, which literally translates to “heaven’s potty” in English. This name makes the city, therefore, be known like the place where heaven goes to clean out of residual waters.