This garden was built during the 18th century and has been a popular destination for locals and tourists alike ever since.
The garden is home to many plants and trees native to the region. Visitors can explore winding pathways through lush greenery that includes oaks, cypresses, eucalyptus trees and magnolias. The centerpiece of this beautiful landscape is its large lake surrounded by cork oaks, where visitors can observe local wildlife such as ducks and swans.
In addition to being a great spot for nature enthusiasts, Santa Barbara Garden also has some interesting historical significance. It was designed by Italian architect Luigi Manini who was hired by Bishop Dinis de Sousa Coutinho shortly after he became bishop of Braga in 1774. It’s said that Manini based his design on gardens he had seen during his travels throughout Europe, including Italy’s Boboli Gardens in Florence, which were created during the 16th century Renaissance period when art and culture flourished across Europe.
The park also features several monuments dedicated to important figures from Braga’s history, including King Afonso I who ruled Portugal from 1139-1185 A.D., as well as Dom Joao V who reigned over Portugal between 1706-1750 A.D.. There are also statues honoring influential people like Saint Francis Xavier, who founded Jesuit missions throughout Asia in 1541 A.D.. In addition, there are numerous fountains scattered around the park, making it one of the most picturesque places you could visit while visiting Braga.
Santa Barbara Garden continues to be a popular tourist attraction today with thousands of visitors coming each year to take in its beauty and appreciate its unique blend of flora, fauna, architecture and history all combined into one amazing place.