Maria Benedita of Braganza was a Portuguese infanta and the youngest daughter of King Joseph I of Portugal and his wife Mariana Victoria of Spain.
Benedita was born in Lisbon she was named after Pope Benedict XIV.
She was educated in music by Davide Perez and in painting by Domingos Sequeira: a panel made by her and her sister can still be seen in the Estrela Basilica.
She was well educated. In contrast to other dowagers, who founded convents and churches, she chose to found the Asylum for the Military Disabled of Runa. She followed the royal family on their exile to Brazil in 1808.
Benedita died in Lisbon and is buried in the national pantheon at the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora.