It has a long and interesting history that dates back to the 19th century, when it was originally built as a public garden. The square was later renovated and turned into an open-air theatre in 1921, during which time it hosted some of the city’s most famous cultural events, including concerts, plays, and even bullfights.
The square’s current design was created by architect João António Correia de Faria between 1928 and 1929 with its main feature being an impressive central fountain surrounded by four smaller fountains located at each corner. This unique layout makes Republic Square a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, who come to admire its grandeur or simply relax on one of its many benches while enjoying a pleasant afternoon stroll.
Republic Square is also home to several important monuments such as the Monumento à República which commemorates Portugal’s proclamation of republicanism in 1910; the Monumento dos Heróis do Ultramar dedicated to those who fought during colonial wars; and finally, there is also a bronze statue honouring General Humberto Delgado who served as governor general in Mozambique from 1951 until 1954 before his assassination by agents of Salazar’s regime.
In addition, every year on June 10th, Republic Square hosts festivities celebrating Portuguese Independence Day with live music performances, traditional dances and fireworks displays taking place throughout the evening – making it one of Braga’s most beloved celebrations.