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Braga has always been an important centre for culture, commerce and religion. Braga is marked by a long clerical history. Consequently, Braga is bristling with churches and monasteries. The cathedral in Braga, one of the most important cathedrals in Portugal, doesn’t impress from the outside but has some beautiful features on the inside, such as two elaborate gold organs. Due to its long history and artistic significance The Cathedral of Braga is one of the most important buildings in the country. It is the seat of the Archdiocese of Braga. The Diocese of Braga dates from the 3rd century AD, being one of the oldest in the peninsula. When Roman power was being dissolved by invading Germanic tribes, Braga (then called Bracara Augusta) became the capital of the Suebi Kingdom (409 to 584). Bishop Martin of Dumio, a great religious figure of the time, converted the Suebi to Catholicism around 550.
The popular descriptions of the various regions of Portugal goes something like this, "In Braga they pray, in Coimbra they study, in Porto they work, in Lisbon they govern, and in the Algarve they play."