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Cidadela (Citadel)

Cidadela (Citadel) Review

Within the walls of the Cidadela, you'll find the Castelo and the Domus Municipalis (City Hall), a rare Romanesque civic building dating from the 12th century. It's always open, but you may need to get a key from one of the local cottages for the Igreja de Santa Maria (Church of St. Mary), a building with Romanesque origins that has a superb 18th-century painted ceiling. A prehistoric granite boar stands below the castle keep, this one with a tall medieval stone pillory sprouting from its back. The Torre de Menagem now contains the Museu Militar, which displays armament from the 12th century through to World War I. The most exciting aspect of the museum is the 108-foot-high Gothic tower, with its dungeons, drawbridge, turrets, battlements, and vertiginous outside staircase.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Bragança, 5301–901
  • Phone: 273/322378
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Citadel daily sunrise–sunset; museum Tues.–Fri. and Sun. 9–noon and 2–5, Sat. 9–noon
  • Location: Bragança
Updated: 11-07-2013

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