The city of Braga

Museum D. Diogo de Sousa

Monastery of Tibães

The city of Braga

In the heart of Minho, Braga is located in a transitional region between the east and west. In it’s surroundings you may find mountains, forests, grand valleys, plains and agricultural fields but also industrial areas.

The foundation of Braga dates back to the Roman occupation, called Bracara Augusta was then one of the main cities of the Iberian Peninsula.

Traditionally Braga was known for its importance in religious matters, the Cathedral being one of the most ancient and powerful of the Iberia. The number of churches and chapels, mainly dating from the Baroque and Neoclassical periods, and the existence of a major Catholic Seminary made Braga acquire the surname of “city of the priests”.

Since the last quarter of the 20th century, however, the foundation of the University of Minho with its headquarters in Braga changed the shape of the city. It became more cosmopolitan, with a significant number of young people coming and going as the semesters start and finish.

Today Braga is one of the major cities of the country and one of the best to live in, with a resident population of circa 200.000 inhabitants.

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Museum D. Diogo de Sousa

The conference venue will be held at the Museum D. Diogo de Sousa that is located near the historic centre of Braga at:

Rua dos Bombeiros Voluntários

41° 54' 60" N  8° 42' 74" E

website: http://mdds.culturanorte.pt/

The D. Diogo de Sousa Museum is located in Braga, Portugal, in the exact location of the former Roman city.

The Museum was founded in 1918 and moved to the new building in 2007. The new building was designed to accomodate some of the archeological remains that can be visited as part of the museum exhibition.

Its collection mostly comprises items from excavations that took place in Braga with a vast chronological and cultural period, from the Palaeolithic to the Middle Ages. The museum has one of the major Portuguese conservation laboratories (wood, ceramics, metal and stone archaeological materials, among others).

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Monastery of Tibães

Rua do Mosteiro
Mire de Tibães

41° 55' 92" N  8° 47' 92" E

website: http://mosteirodetibaes.org/

The last conference afternoon will be held at the Monastery of Tibães, including technical visits to the Monastery, Workshop "Rever", Plenary Session, Closing Session and Social Dinner.

The São Martinho de Tibães Monastery, ancient Mother House of the Portuguese Benedictine Congregation, is located in the north of Portugal, 6 kilometres north-west of Braga.

The project and works for the restoration of the Monastery of Tibães came in three phases, from 1994-2009.

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