Museu dos Biscainhos, Braga

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The Residence of Biscainhos, is a former-signeurial residence located in civil parish of Braga , in the municipality of Braga, in northern Portuguese district of Braga.HistoryIn 1665, Maria da Silva e Sousa married Dr. Constantino Ribeiro do Lago (1619-1686), who was one of the most important civil personalities in Braga. He was a Knight in the Order of Christ, alcalde of Ervededo, Overseer and Judge of Braga, Chancellor of Relação, attorney-general of Mitra, represented the city in the 1667 Cortes in Lisbon. Lago ordered the construction of a residence, that was likely constructed by Basque artisans from the province of Biscay, then working in the cathedral of Braga, resulting in its name, Biscainhos. The work was concluded in 1699 by his son, Diogo de Sousa da Silva, who was also a knight in the Order of Christ.In the 18th century, over three generations, the residence was passed-on through the matrilineal descendant of the family.On 26 November 1712, Francisco Pereira da Silva (who was the Dean of the Cathedral of Braga) signed a contract with mason Manuel Fernandes da Silva, to expand the residence along Rua dos Biscaínhos, the second executed to that effect. In the course of this work, a ceiling painting in the main hall was executed by painter Manuel Furtado de Mendonça (in 1724), and later, azulejo tile, which came from fabricators in Coimbra.In the intervening years it passed-into the possession of various illustrious owners. António Pereira Pinto de Eça, was administrator of the second founding of Bertiandos. João Pereira Forjaz Coutinho, was the son of the Secretário dos Negócios Estrangeiros, da Guerra e da Marinha (Secretary for International Affairs, War and the Army). Damião Pereira da Silva de Sousa e Menezes (1764-1835) was administrator of the first founding of Bertiandos. Gonçalo Pereira da Silva de Sousa e Menezes (1797-1856), Count of Bertiandos, member of the council of Queen D. Maria II, Peer of the Kingdom, Civil Governor of Braga and attorney of the 1928 Cortes. His daughter, Joana Maria do Rosário Francisca Sales Pereira da Silva de Sousa e Menezes (1818-1874), second Countess of Bertiandos, lading-in-waiting of Queens D. Estefânia and D. Maria. Her nephew, Gaspar Lobo Machado do Amaral Cardoso de Menezes, 3rd Viscount of Paço de Nespereira was the last member of the family to be owner of the Residence of Biscainhos.
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  • The 17TH century manor house renovated over the centuries. Very economical entrance 2 euro adult and 1 euro student for a very interesting visit to a Manor House which seems to not have spent the time and landscaped gardens of dream. Essential.
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  • We have this "Museum" visit and discovered a new concept of guided tour: guide opens and closes the doors and invites you to read the prospectuses required tour you can visit the garden freely out we take a look at the stables and the crazy jumps on us forbidding us d Enter indicating that to do the tour that we just make it m has literally pushed in short of crazy! And more visit n has no interest to avoid so
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  • A Palace beautiful and very well maintained with a garden in the Baroque style. I was charmed with the various flowers and in particular with the magnolias. The tour is good but could be more enthusiastic – owed. The kitchen area is also pretty cool and you can imagine the scenes of everyday life that palacio in your apojeu.
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  • Wonderful place with amazing gardens inspired in the Versailles' garden style. It's a pity that the main museum building needs a lot of maintenance and due to lack of it, only perhaps a half of that huge house is being shown to the public during guided visits. Incredible pigeons house and fountains. The outside of the museum is a great place to have a calm, long walk, so calm you wouldn't even notice you're downtown. Overall, it's a great way back to the 18th century!
  • Not expensive, not much to see. Tour was only in Portuguese. Garden is so-so.
  • Beautiful garden and nice, relaxed tour. Entrance was only 2 euros!
  • Not really much to see except the gardens. You have to wait for an escorted tour to get in the house.
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