D. Diogo de Sousa Museum
Created in 1918, the D. Diogo de Sousa Archaeology Museum has been open to the public since June 2007, after renovation that led to the construction of a new building in Braga’s most significant archaeological area.
With a collection beginning with the first manifestations of human occupation and spanning all the way to the city's integration into the Roman Empire, today D. Diogo de Sousa Museum is a reference and an obligatory stop for those who want to learn about Bracara Augusta.
In addition to the imported objects from all over the empire, the permanent exhibition displays the way in which technical innovations influenced the local development of industrial-type activities linked to the production of ceramic, metal and glass objects. These in turn contributed to an increase in trade and supported major transformations in the field of architecture.
Also of note is the recent "Bühler-Brockhaus Collection", a donation by Hans-Peter Bühler and Marion Bühler-Brockhaus, consisting of about 300 works from classical antiquity and bringing together a wide range of objects from different origins and decades, mostly from the Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan and Roman periods.
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Housed in the Palácio dos Biscainhos, the Biscainhos Museum offers visitors a journey through the daily life of Portugal's eighteenth century nobility through the building, its collections and the magnificent baroque garden, one of the most significant of this period in Portugal.
Built in the 17th century and transformed in the first half of the 18th century, the Palace was the home of the Bertiandos Counts for 300 years and opened to the public as a museum on 11 February 1978.
With the building and its gardens classified as Property of Public Interest since 1949, the permanent exhibition of the Biscainhos Museum illustrates the living situation of Portuguese noble society, in the context of a manor house of the Baroque period, displaying mainly collections of decorative arts, with emphasis also on the collections of national and European painting and Portuguese sculpture.
The heritage richness of the Biscainhos Garden, one of the most expressive testimonies of the Baroque that survives in Portugal, was awarded in 2020 with the Seal of Quality of Historic Garden attribution by the Portuguese Association of Historic Gardens.
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S. Martinho de Tibães Monastery
Founded at the end of the 11th century, the São Martinho de Tibães Benedictine Monastery was granted a Charter in 1110 by Count D. Henrique and Count D. Teresa, the parents of D. Afonso Henriques, who would become the first king of Portugal.
Silence, obedience, poverty, prayer and work were part of the Benedictine Order followed by the monks. The Monastery grew in privileges and power until the 14th century and was chosen after the Council of Trent, in 1567, to be the house of Congregation of São Bento dos Reinos de Portugal.
It reached its maximum splendour in the 17th and 18th centuries, when it was transformed into one of the largest monastic collections of Portuguese Baroque.
The São Martinho de Tibães Monastery, consisting of the church, convent wings and the outer space enclosed by the cloistered enclosure, closed in 1834, the date that marked the extinction of Religious Orders in Portugal. With practically all the property and the building sold in public auction, in 1986 the Portuguese State began its study and restoration.
Today it is possible to see and feel the spaces and their history, in a “Monument-Museum" and in a Historical Garden that extends over some 40 hectares, right up to the fence. In this space, the Benedictine monks sought subsistence, but also a place for meditation, leisure and experimentation.
Come discover and enjoy this incredible space. We look forward to your visit!