Portugal’s Football Quarry


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Carved into the face of the adjacent MONTE CARLO QUARRY, the impressive spectacle of A PEDREIRA (The Quarry) serves as home ground for local Portuguese side SPORTING CLUBE DE BRAGA and easily stands out as one of the most picturesque football stadia in all the world.
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The Monte Carlo Quarry overlooks the historical city of Braga in the northwest of Portugal. Although now only the seventh-largest municipality in the country by population, Braga is, in fact, the oldest city in Portugal and once — then known as Bracara Augusta — served as the capital of Gallaecia in the old Roman Empire. Braga is also recognized as one of the oldest Christian cities in all the world.
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The monumental task of excavating and moving solid rock, not suprisingly, contributed rather heavily to the stadium’s final overall construction tab of 83.1 million Euros. The ESTADIO MUNICIPAL DE BRAGA was the fourth-most expensive of the ten new stadia built as Portugal prepared to host the UEFA European Championships final tournament in the summer of 2004. The architect for the project was the award-winning EDUARDO SUOTO DE MOURA of Porto.
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With one of the two main stands of A Pedreira serving as a backdrop for the photo, the yellow-clad traveling team of FC Liverpool engage in training just prior to the UEFA Europa League match with the local club at the Estadio Municipal de Braga in the northwest of Portugal.
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The Estadio Municipal de Braga is an all-seater venue with an official capacity of 30,154. The two main stands are each covered with a canopy-style roof and are connected to each other by dozens of steel ropes stretching over the pitch — a design reportedly inspired by ancient Inca bridges from South America. Once inside the stadium, moving from one stand to the other is done by accessing a 5,000 square meter plaza which runs underneath the playing surface.
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