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It is host to the oldest Portuguese archdiocese, the Archdiocese of the city of the Catholic Church and it is the seat of the Primacy of the Spains. Under the Roman Empire, then known as Bracara Augusta. The settlement was the capital of the province of Gallaecia. Inside of the city there is also a castle tower that can be visited. Nowadays. This city is a major hub for inland Northern Portugal and it is an important stop on the Portuguese Way path of the Road of St James. The city was also the European Youth Capital in 2012.

Human occupation of the region of the city dates back thousands of years. Documented by vestiges of monumental structures starting in the Megalithic era. During the Iron Age, the Castro culture extended into the northwest. Characterized by Bracari peoples who occupied the high ground in strategically located fortified settlements (castrum). The region became the domain of the Callaici Bracarii, or Bracarenses. A Celtic tribe who occupied what is now northern Portugal, Galicia and Asturias in the northwest of Iberia.