Braga


BRAGA

English: Monument to the Roman ways in Bracara...

English: Monument to the Roman ways in Bracara Augusta, in Sao Tiago Square, Braga, Portugal. Português: Monumento às seis Vias Romanas que partiam de Brácara Augusta, na Praça de São Tiago, em Braga, Portugal. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Administrative district (distrito) in northern Portugal, north of Oporto, named after its capital, which stands on the River Este.   It was formed in 1833 out of the old province of Entre Minho e Douro.

In Roman times the city had been the site of the legionary fortress of Bracara Augusta and it served as the capital of the Suevic Kingdom in northwestern  Iberia in the 5th century.   It was capital of the County of Portugal, bestowed on Henry of Burgundy c.1093, and, briefly, (1139-47) of the Kingdom.  It is still the seat of an Archbishop, who bears the title of Primate of Portugal.

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