The IV Via Romana between Braga and Tui reminds us of the magnitude and broadness of the Roman Empire that, between the 1st century BC and the 4th century AD, built this monumental way. The armies and traders heading from Bracara Augusta (Braga) to Asturica Augusta (Astorga) used to travel on this road. Close your eyes and imagine the troops riding their horses, on their way to battle or to a legion camp, or even the traders with their carts pulled by animals and loaded with products to sell in fairs... The valuable ores, such as stain, were explored by the State, who used this road to transport it safely.
However, this path was used for purposes other than military or commercial: a passage for the pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela. In fact, this function still makes sense, given the growing number of palmers heading to Compostela. If you go by this road, don’t be surprised if you bump into ramblers with their backpacks, grasping their staffs and singing joyful odes…
The importance of this Roman road is assured by a set of fourteen milestones that marked this path and a roman-medieval bridge in Rubiães. Don’t miss the milestones’ inscriptions indicating the names of different emperors, which testify the constant need of repairing the road due to its high usage.
A road with plenty to tell… Visit it and listen to the chronicles it whispers!