17th September: Welcome Reception at the Museum
Location: Abade de Baçal Museum, Rua Abílio Beça 27, Bragança
The Museum was created as the Regional Museum of Art Works, Archaeological and Numismatics of Bragança. In 1935, the museum was renamed as “Abade de Baçal” in honour to the Abbot of Baçal, a reputed scholar, researcher and also Director of the Museum between 1925 and 1935. The main collections that are part of the Museum are on Archeology, Epigraphy, Sacred Art, Painting, Goldwork, Numismatics, Furniture and Ethnography.
18th September: The Eat-and-Mingle Party at the River
Location: Parque Urbano do Fervença, Bragança
The Fervença Urban Park is located in an extension that goes from the citadel to the space that would have been reached by the urban expansion in the XVI or XVII century. The green corridor of the Fervença constitutes a reference element in the living space of the city, marked by the presence of the river and by the perspective that opens on the Mount St. Bartholomew. This space is historically associated with the customs and practices around the Fervença river, in a space characterised by the transition between the left bank, where the city was mostly developed, and the right bank, marked by the slopes of Mount St. Bartholomew.
19th September: Gala Dinner at the Castle
Location: Castle of Braganza
The Castle of Bragança is a well-preserved medieval castle located in the historic centre of the city of Santa Maria, Bragança. This castle has a turbulent history that saw occupation during the Moorish period to the devastation and reconstruction that accompanied the Christian reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula. The walls were constructed using masonry shale rock that is in abundance in the region. From its walls, one can see the mountains of Montesinho to the north, Sanabria to the west, and the Castle of Rebordões to the east. The castle was mentioned in a document dated July 7, 1128, that it was brought under control of King Afonso I of Portugal (1112-1185).