Centro Interpretativo das Memórias da Misericórdia de Braga

Top choice in Braga

Braga's newest museum is housed inside Palácio do Raio, whose exuberantly tiled rococo façade (by André Soares) is must-see material for any aficionado of the colour blue. The gorgeous interiors, also clad in azulejos, showcase works of sacred art, textiles, paintings, sculptures, jewellery, pottery and old medical instruments, all bearing witness to 500 years of the building's history.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Braga attractions

1. Fonte do Ídolo

0.05 MILES

Tucked away below street level and concealed by a modern lobby is this evocative ancient spring, one of Braga's unexpected treasures. An essential…

2. Igreja de Santa Cruz


Built in the 17th century, Braga's Holy Cross Church features a mix of baroque and Mannerist architectural styles.

3. Capela de NS da Conceição

0.16 MILES

Built in 1525, this pretty church in Braga's historic centre has an azulejo (tile)-clad facade flanked by a striking crenellated tower.

4. Torre de Menagem

0.21 MILES

The square-shaped, crenellated tower behind the cafes on Praça da República is the walled-up Torre de Menagem, which is all that survives of a fortified…

5. Praça da República

0.23 MILES

The cafes and restaurants on this broad plaza are a pleasant place to start or finish your day. An especially mellow atmosphere descends in the evening,…

6. Tesouro-Museu da Sé

0.24 MILES

The cathedral's modern treasury museum houses a goldmine of ecclesiastical booty, including the lovely Nossa Senhora do Leite of the Virgin suckling…

7. Capelas e Coro Alto

0.24 MILES

A guided tour grants access to the cathedral’s three most striking chapels: the showpiece Capela dos Reis, home to the tombs of Henri of Burgundy and Dona…


0.25 MILES

Braga’s extraordinary cathedral, the oldest in Portugal, was begun when the archdiocese was restored in 1070 and completed in the following century. It’s…