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Sete Fontes, Braga

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Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Sete Fontes is part of a large water supply system built in mid-18th century, that supplied potable water to the northern Portuguese municipality of Braga, until the first half of the 20th century. In reality, there are only six springs from this network that still exist, following destruction of one in the early 1990s, to allow the construction of residential homes. The remaining sections of the Sete Fontes are identifiable for the springs that are housed within their respective Mãe de aguas, which are connected via aqueducts running along the surface or through underground tunnels, known as minas .HistoryThe system is located on the outskirts of the civil parish of São Victor close to the ancient Roman Geira (also known as "Route XVIII"). There is speculation that these springs may date to the Roman occupation, when Braga was then known as Bracara Augusta.For Braga, the necessity to support its population, came from its archbishops, which were preoccupied with these issued at least until the 16th century. Until the beginning of that century, D. Diogo de Sousa had brought water from Fonte dos Granginhos, in 1531 until Fonte de Santiago and Fonte da Pracinha, while (at the same time) constructing the fountain of Carcova, building a fountain in the Largo do Paço.The main sections of the system were constructed between 1744 and 1752, under the patronage of Archbishop D. José de Bragança (1741–1756), although it is known that his predecessor D. Rodrigo de Moura Telles (1704–1728) already completed portions of the network: first deposit dates to 1752. D. José became interested in this issue immediately after arrive in Braga, starting in August 1741, and continuing at a steady rhythm until 1744. For his part, D. Rodrigo de Moura Telles supplied water to the Hospital of São Marcos and substituted this fountain with another (the Fountain of Castelos).
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  • Wonderful place to visit. You can see the medieval fountains surrounded by nature although is very close to the city. Once a week you can book and visit the underground tunnels that connects the...  more »
  • This is a path in the middle of the nature where you are able to see historical buildings holding very significance to the water system in town, it`s somehow a bit hidden in the city but worth the...  more »
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