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Buildings (two) in Santo António das Travessas Street, 34 to 40

Buildings (two) in Santo António das Travessas Street, 34 to 40

The propriety in Santo António das Travessas number 34 is a two story small dimension house, with main façade in stonework, marked by the opening of a straight lintel door in the ground floor and two windows on the upper floor. The other building, matching the 36 to 40 numbers, is known as the Big House of Santo António das Travessas (Casa Grande de Santo António das Travessas) or old County Hostel. Stands out the urban front due to the impressiveness of its lines, with the main façade in stonework, regular fenestration and a frieze that goes along the elevation. Special attention should be given to the extremities doors, with stone weapons, one overcame by baldachin cinquecentist with an image, the other by XVI century pediments, already at the level of the second-floor bay windows. This propriety goes back, certainly, to the XIV century, having worked as Jewry in Braga in the beginning of the following century (OLIVEIRA, 1982). That’s what the documentation held in Braga’s District Archive indicates as well as the fragment of a Hebraic inscription in one of the interior gothic door staves (OLIVEIRA, 1982; Rating Process, IPPAR/DRP). Naturally, the building was subjected to many posterior changes. The second-floor windows show the late-gothic style of the beginning of 500. In turn, the coat of arms and the pediment are already XVI century, being the first due to the canon João de Meira Carrilho who played a very important role in Braga in the late XVII century bringing the oratorians to the town. On the interior, the already mentioned ogee door stands in. In turn, the ceilings of one of the rooms and the wainscoting of the dining hall present Romanic style paint already implemented in the XIX century (OLIVEIRA, 1982; Rating Process, IPPAR/DRP).

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