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The most notable hilltop in Braga is the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a significant pilgrimage site for Christians who climb the white and gold zig-zag staircase to the doors. Situated six kilometers west on Monte do Castro is another monument that is both incongruous and natural, suggesting the divine played a role. However, SC Braga’s Municipal Stadium was designed, engineered, and built by humans but will host one of the world’s greatest club sides, Real Madrid, on Tuesday. This will be the 152nd different club Real has played in 68 years of continental football, but they have never played at a stadium with a backdrop like this. The stadium, known as ‘A Pedreira’ (The Quarry), is unique in its design and overlooks the valley with a stand built into a rock, a giant scoreboard on a granite embankment, and empty space offering a panoramic view of the city. Eduardo Souto de Moura, the architect of the stadium, won the Pritzker Award in 2011 for his creation. The project was initially assigned to another architect, but Souto de Moura took over and designed the stadium to integrate with the environment and provide a good view for spectators. His design included vertical lighting and a unique cover over the pitch inspired by Incan bridges and Washington Dulles Airport’s roof. The stadium was completed in time for Euro 2004, and although Braga only fills half of the arena regularly, there are discussions about selling the stadium and potentially building a new one to meet the requirements for hosting World Cup 2030. Braga has been successful in recent years, winning domestic cups and establishing themselves in Europe, and is nearing completion of their ‘Sports City’ project.

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