Porto and the North Sights

Cidadela (Citadel)

  • Military Site
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 12/10/2015

Fodor's 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.

Sight Information


Bragança, Bragança, 5301–901, Portugal



Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Citadel daily sunrise–sunset; museum Tues.–Fri. and Sun. 9–noon and 2–5, Sat. 9–noon

Published 12/10/2015


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