Mosteiro de Sao Martinho de Tibaes, Braga

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The Monastery of St Martin of Tibães is a monastery situated in the parish of Mire de Tibães, near Braga, in northern Portugal. It was the mother house of the Benedictine order in Portugal and Brazil, and it is known for the exuberant Rococo decoration of its church.HistoryThe first information about a monastic community in the region - the Monastery of Dumio, close to Tibães, founded by Saint Martin of Braga - dates from the 6th century.The Monastery of Tibães was founded around 1060, and its feudal rights were granted by Henry of Burgundy, Count of Portugal, in 1110. During the Middle Ages, after the Kingdom of Portugal became independent, rich and vast properties in the North of the country came into the possession of the Monastery. However, due to the extensive reconstruction work carried out in the 17th and 18th centuries, there are no architectural remnants from this early stage of the ensemble.In 1567, the Monastery of Tibães became the mother house of the Order of Saint Benedict for Portugal and the colony of Brazil, with the first general gathering of the Order happening in Tibães in 1570. In the first half of the 17th century, in view of the ruined condition of the old monastery and the vast resources at their disposal, the monks began the radical rebuilding that gave origin to the ensemble that exists today. The works began with the cloisters (Refectory and Cemetery cloisters) and the church, which was built between 1628 and 1661 in Mannerist style by architects Manuel Álvares and João Turriano. By the beginning of the 18th century the new wings of the Monastery were finished, including the Gate House, the Dormitory, the Guest House, the Chapter House and the Library.
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  • Spend time inside the monastery (rococo church...) beautifully restored, and then even more time in the garden. Two walks : the short one is 45 minutes, the long one is 1h30... If you can, sleep at th...  more »
  • A big monastery. where you can walk around, visiting the cloisters, the rooms and cells, the kitchen,..and, specially the church, with beautiful barocco chapels, outstanding choir and organ. For the v...  more »
  • It is a little bit difficult to get to the Mosteiro de Sao Martinho de Tibaes without a car but well worth a visit. One could spend all day here wandering through the monastery and the beautiful garde...  more »
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  • It's worth a visit if you like religious history and architecture. Also very nice walk (hike) in the gardens. I guess the hotel should be a good and relaxed experience.
  • Some years since we were there, but it was a highly illuminating experience . The gardens do not appear to have been restored to productivity as we were told was intended.
  • Beatiful wild gardens, well preserved 18th century architecture and an active cultural venue, make this one of Braga's top places to visit.
  • A must visit place in Braga.
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Where to stay in Braga

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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