Ruas, ruelas, becos, vielas, travessas e praças | Braga

Wandering across Braga will inevitably lead us through streets, alleys, alleyways, lanes, bystreets and squares – their names, Braga is a religious centre, honour almost every saint, bishop, archbishop or clergyman who somehow deserved such distinction.

Of course the most interesting ones aren’t in such category: Rua do Matadouro / Slaughterhouse Street and Rua do Raio / Thunderbolt Street are certainly in the top-ten, many of them had their names changed, having lost their link to the past, the very first reason for their names!


4 thoughts on “Ruas, ruelas, becos, vielas, travessas e praças | Braga

  1. Singbetterenglish June 2, 2015 / 9:33 am

    Thanks for writing that. Little, human-scale pathways are wonderful elements in cities. I remember visiting the Expo site in Lisbon – after the Expo excitement and activity had gone, and thinking that the spaces felt barren – too flat and built to a design, rather than growing organically, to the scale of human footsteps.

    If you ever visit Lewes, in East Sussex, I think you’ll enjoy the twittens – narrow ancient alleyways, usually with flint walls –

    Best wishes


    • jazzyoutoo_lostinbraga June 2, 2015 / 11:27 am

      You said it all about the Expo site – the place was designed for a purpose – now it is a huge space where people feel lost, unable to find shelter in all that concrete structure – something you can’t call your own, which will never belong to you. On the contrary these small spaces full of meaning and people must be protected – they are the small veins of the system. If you destroy them the whole city will be affected. Thank you so much for your comment – I enjoyed it a lot and the video as well, the twittens are amazing! 😀

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      • Singbetterenglish June 2, 2015 / 7:01 pm

        Do you know Christopher Alexander’s work? He wrote a wonderful book called ‘A Pattern Language’ about constructing and protecting healthy human environments. There’s a website now too –


        • jazzyoutoo_lostinbraga June 2, 2015 / 7:41 pm

          no, I don’t. Thanks for the tip. It’s great that more and more people become concerned about how important it is to build a happier world through everyone’s actions. Our country is generally speaking a bit far from that conscience. We have become too much materialistic – our priorities are sometimes very arguable!

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