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Unique council chamber, Cidadela, Bragança


Bragança in Tras-os-Montes is near to the Spanish frontier and accessible by bus [not every day] from Zamora in Spain as well as from other Portuguese cities. Coming from Spain it is amazing how much things change when the border is crossed - certainly nobody would take this for a Spanish town. The town is pleasant enough and there's a good museum but what catches the eye and holds it is the Cidadela - a separate mediaeval village on a hill-top above the city.

There is a sort of castle which belonged to the Dukes of Bragança, who supplied the last royal family in Portugal, but it wasn't their main residence. Near it are two amazing things: the first is a pillory [pelourinho] rising from the back of a prehistoric stone pig.

The other is a pentagonal Romanesque building, which was once a council chamber. It is quite unique in the world!

Unfortunately is in Portuguese only but there are photos of all the above sights if you scroll down.


November 14, 2004 new by davidx (1 point)

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