Thursday Doors: Braga, Portugal

Braga, Portugal

Our last stop of the day is in Braga, Portugal! We have seen the castle and churches in Guimarães, Bom Jesus Sanctuary, high on the hill outside Braga, and had lunch at a beautiful restaurant in the country!  See previous posts on those!  Now we are going to the city of Braga, before returning to the ship. There were lots of beautiful doors here!  Let’s start at the town wall and the Arco da Porta Nova………I have shown both sides since they are different. I believe they have added the colorful disc to the arch. It is beautiful! And, I also hope that it is made of plexiglass!

Braga, Portugal

The arch leads to an all-pedestrian street with three story buildings featuring shops on the lower level and housing above the shops. Many of the buildings are covered in beautiful tiles and wrought iron railings are everywhere!

Braga, Portugal
Braga, Portugal
Braga, Portugal

See the sign on the window of the shop? Drink Poncha and Keep Calm! Poncha is an alcoholic drink made from aguardente de cana, (alcohol made from sugar cane) honey, sugar and orange/lemon juice. It is where we got the word punch from!

Braga, Portugal

Many shops also featured cork accessories. We saw many cork trees on our adventure today. Did you know that cork trees are stripped of their bark every nine years? Then the tree is marked with the year it can be stripped again!

Cork Accessories in the Shops in Braga, Portugal
Braga, Portugal
Braga, Portugal

There is lots of Batanzos GREEN here too!

Braga, Portugal

The skinny building in the middle was the house of a priest…… it is similar to the fishermen’s houses in La Coruña, Spain. They can only be as wide as the oars of their boats.

Braga, Portugal
Braga, Portugal
Braga, Portugal
Braga, Portugal
Braga, Portugal
Braga, Portugal
Braga, Portugal
Braga, Portugal

The Cathedral of Braga is now a museum. Notice the sea shells on the motif of the church? It is sign of “The Way,” a refuge and network for those walking on pilgrimage in medieval times to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, the shrine of the apostle Saint James in northern Spain.

Braga, Portugal
Braga, Portugal
Braga, Portugal
Braga, Portugal

and inside the museum/cathedral………..

Braga, Portugal
Braga, Portugal
Braga, Portugal
Braga, Portugal

Golden walls and tiled walls, oh my!

Braga, Portugal

And DO NOT THROW ANYTHING AWAY!

Braga, Portugal
Braga, Portugal

and leave the Cathedral by way of the garden………..

Braga, Portugal

One last look at the Arch as we board our bus!

Braga, Portugal

and the beautiful city gardens………

Braga, Portugal

and the olive tree growing in the pot……..

Braga, Portugal

We’ve had a wonderful, long day, in this part of Portugal and we enjoyed all of it! Now back to the ship………Where are we headed next?  I’ll see you there!

This is just one of many photos in the Thursday Door Collection featured by Norm2.0!   Won’t you join in or take a peak at all the doors?

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Oh so amazing the doors, I wasn’t aware about the corks either. What an amazing place Braga is in Portugal. thank you for an insight xx

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    1. You’re welcome girls!

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  2. conspicari says:

    Wonderful selection of doors and balconies, love the priest house.

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  3. Great set of doors. Massive post, thanks.

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  4. JT Twissel says:

    I hope it’s plexiglass too – how beautiful it is.

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  5. Candy says:

    Wow! What fantstic photos. That arch must have been even more beautiful in the sunlight. And I love that little skinny building. The cathedral/museum is a gem. Can’t wait to see where your next adventure takes you.

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  6. Norm 2.0 says:

    Wow. You found some real beauties on this outing. The two big green ones with the black iron hardware are my faves from this batch. What a delightful place to visit 🙂

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    1. Thank You! They really like that green throughout these countries!

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  7. Irene says:

    What fantastic captures of doors. The first one is amazing! 😊

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  8. Rowena says:

    Thank you for this impromptu trip to Portugal. There were some great details in here such as the width of the priest’s house and the oars and the cork products. I’m enjoying vcarious travel at the moment.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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  9. restlessjo says:

    It looks a nice enough place. I know people who’ve been to Bom Jesus and not bothered with Braga itself, but I think I’d want a quick look. That gateway is magnificent. 🙂 🙂

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    1. Braga was very nice! And that restaurant was in the middle of a very small village and was excellent!

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