Braga’s Cathedral and its Sanctity
Braga is a city in Portugal that is able to preserve its antiquity without losing the chance of welcoming the influence of technology and the changes involved in modernity. As challenging as the city’s is, Braga was able to survive the conquest of various invaders and was able to rise from the struggles and challenges they have been faced with. But what makes this city more fascinating and interesting compared to other European countries is the fact that it was able to contain the value of religion, more particularly the Catholic faith. Until today, it remains to house a significant number of churches and one of which is Braga’s Cathedral.
Braga’s Cathedral is considered as the oldest and most important church ever to exist in the city. Its significance is greatly attributed to the fact that the building itself is a product of the mixture of Romanesque, baroque, Gothic and Manueline architectural forms of art. Thus, looking at the cathedral per se is the actual expression of how intricate the form of architecture can be. More so, the interior design of the church is embellished with images of clergymen and apostles as well as the life story of a saint who was prominently recognized at that time. This saint was known to be Saint Peter of Rates. Other personalities related to the existence of Braga’s Cathedral are Saint Martin of Braga, Henry, Count of Portugal, Theresa, Countess of Portugal, Antipope Gregory VIII, Pope John XXI and Saint Ovidius.
Until this day in time, Braga’s Cathedral continues to shelter the most precious art works and pieces of the city in the Cathedral Treasury and in the Museum of Sacred Art. And until today, many people still live out their faith primarily because of the sacredness and holiness that Braga’s Cathedral unselfishly exudes ever since it was built.