Fonte do Idolo, Braga

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The Fountain of the Idol is a Roman fountain located in the civil parish of São José de São Lázaro, in the municipality of Braga, northern Portugal. Located in the former territory of the Callaici Bracari, the granite rock fountain/spring has Latin inscriptions, dedicated to the Gallaecian and Lusitanian gods Tongoenabiagus and Nabia .HistoryThe construction of the fountain probably began in the 1st century, associated with a water cult, dedicated to the Lusitanian divinty Tongoenbiagus, and ordered constructed by Celicus Fronto.KingdomFirst identified by Georg Braun in his map of Braga in 1594, the document indicated the location of the spring (marked by a channel of water).By 1695, the land on which the fountain is located was owned by Father Santos Rodrigues, vicar of São João de Castelões, in Guimarães. On his death, his property passed to his niece, D. Angélica de Barros, who later bequeathed it to her brother-in-law Vicente Gomes do Couto.In the 18th century, the accountant D. Jerónimo Contador de Argote, noted in his records: "behind the church of São João Marcos is a garden, that is called "Idol", in which is located a deep spring, which has a rock, which appears to be living rock, with a figure in long robes, that is five palms : it looks like has a long bear, and part of his body is missing; his right hand is broken and on the left the form of a envolotório, and above the head there are letters..." Jerónimo recounts with this detail description, a design of the fountain of the Idol that was first created by the Bishop of Urianópolis, Alves de Figueire.
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  • Entrasben a room and there is excavation and an explanatory video. Small thing but its entry is economic.
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  • I recommend going here if you need a cool place to sit for a bit. It's only 1.85 euro. It is the remains of a pagan fountain that was once on site when the city was under Roman rule.  more »
  • It is a religious monument located in the Rua do Raio. It is not known with accuracy the date of its creation but it is believed that goes back to prehistoric times, although its current state dates from Roman times. It is considered the archaeological monument more important city of Braga and unique of its kind.
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  • Nice little place, which unfortunately is a bit hidden in plain sight. Being a local I was never quite sure where exactly the entrance was. It is well documented on the inside.
  • Is a stone engraving. To make matters worse they created a boring video of what it would be like and charge entry. Still sell the ticket of the Roman baths, which makes you create an expectation, but it is very dull. I gave it 2 stars because I felt sorry for giving 1, it's a milestone, but they didn't make him interesting.
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  • Very nice
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  • Spectacular archaeological site. Well musealized.
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Make the most of thousands of years worth of history in Braga by staying in a hotel in the city's celebrated town core. An array of mid-range hotels are wedged in among its winding streets and secluded squares; many of these feature decent rates and easy walking access to nearly all of Braga's popular sights. You can also opt for an apartment rental or guesthouse, most of which are offered by local residents to visitors, to get a similar old-town experience with a bit more privacy and independence. For some peace and quiet away from the tourist crowds, reserve a spot at the nearby monastery.
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