Braga (Portuguese pronunciation: ['bɾaɣɐ]), is a city in the municipality of Braga in northwestern Portuguese district of Braga, considered the oldest Christian archdiocese in the country and one of the oldest in the world. Under the Roman Empire, known as Bracara Augusta, the settlement was centre of the province of Gallaecia.
With a total urban population of 175,063 inhabitants, Braga is the third-largest city in Portugal (after Lisbon and Porto), including the city and suburban parishes; the municipality, which includes 62 parishes, has a population in 2011 of approximately 181,819 inhabitants (the seventh largest municipality in Portugal by population). Its agglomerated urban area extends from the Cavado River to the Easte River. Braga is also the seat of the Greater Metropolitan Area of Minho, which includes a population of 826,833 (2007 statistics), considered one of the fastest growing urban areas in the European Union.
Braga Municipality (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈbɾaɣɐ] ( listen)) is a municipality in the district of the same name located in the northwestern corner of Portugal, host to the oldest archdiocese and the third major city in the country.
Founded on the Roman settlement of Bracara Augusta, the region became the capital of the province of Gallaecia, controlling a territory of northeastern landscape of the Iberian Peninsula. The municipality, which includes 62 civil parishes had a resident population of 181,819 inhabitants (in 2011), representing the seventh largest municipality in Portugal (by population). Braga also functions as the administrative centre of Greater Metropolitan Area of Minho, encompassing a population of 826,833 in 2007.