Arco da Porta Nova

Arco da Porta Nova
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Arco da Porta Nova - Braga
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Arch of the New Door
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Translating from the Portuguese as the Arch of the New Gate, the Arco da Porta Nova is an ornamental gateway leading into the historic centre of Braga from the west. Located on the pedestrianised Rua do D. Diogo de Sousa, it was constructed to a design by architect André Soares in the 1770s, although a gate has stood in its place since the city walls were completed in the late 1300s.

Rising several stories over the street, the Arco da Porta Nova is stylistically different on both sides. Its western face is dominated by the baroque style that Soares became known for. However, its eastern side instead has a neoclassical form. It's centrepiece decorations include the allegorical figure of Braga on the one side, and a statue of the Virgin Mary on the other.

Close by you'll find the medieval tower which has been transformed into the Museo de Imagem, the city's photography museum.

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