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  • Bom Jesus do Monte, Braga, Portugal
    Bom Jesus do Monte, Braga, Portugal
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  • Se (Cathedral), Braga, Portugal
    Se (Cathedral), Braga, Portugal
    by Martin_S.
  • Bom Jesus do Monte, Braga, Portugal
    Bom Jesus do Monte, Braga, Portugal
    by Martin_S.

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    A young city

    by micas_pt Updated Nov 2, 2004

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    Square

    Favorite thing: It is said in Portugal that Braga is the youngest city of the country. This doesn’t refer to the city itself but to its population: it is a fact that the average age of Braga’s inhabitants is one of the lowest compared to other cities.

    Braga is also known due to its University and the students’ community. As you stroll through the city you will surely notice that the youth is a dominant group. Also, students’ traditions are quite noticeable during the appropriate months of the year – mainly the beginning of the school year and the period before final exams.

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    The city

    by micas_pt Written Nov 2, 2004

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    City Hall

    Favorite thing: Braga is the capital city of this district. It is a pleasant city to visit, both the centre where you may follow the “Baroque Route” or the “Roman Route” to discover churches, buildings and ruins, according to the path you decide to follow.

    Also, a bit off the city (about 6km) there are important main sees: the Bom Jesus sanctuary (Baroque masterpiece, one of my favourite in Portugal for this kind of place) and Sameiro. If visiting these sanctuaries I would advise to avoid weekends or holidays as it is somewhat touristy.

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    Correios (don't forget)

    by ncfg Written May 27, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Do you want to send some postcards to your friends and family?
    Well, in Portuguese the word Correios or CTT means post office.
    You can find a beautiful building with the word Correios just on the Liberty Avenue (Avenida da Liberdade)

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    Baroque Route

    by micas_pt Written Nov 2, 2004

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    Cathedral

    Favorite thing: Following the Baroque Route is one of the possibilities to explore Braga’s historic centre. As the name says, you will mainly visit buildings of the mentioned period. Baroque style has some fine examples in Braga, as is the case of the Cathedral.

    I have visited Braga more than once, and this is my favourite Route. Not that I am not interested in Roman Ruins (the other possible route) but in the case of Braga I find the Baroque Route “richer” and more interesting to visit.

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  • You shouldn't miss the...

    by annelies77 Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Favorite thing: You shouldn't miss the religious sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte, located high on a forested slope 6 km east of Braga. At the top of a great pilgrims' stairway stands an impressive church, from where visitors can enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. The shrine also boasts a splendid baroque staircase that climbs up a wooded hillside in a series of terraced zigzags

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    Latin...

    by AndyRG Updated Oct 1, 2002

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    Favorite thing: The city has nice only-pedestrian streets, like this one near the Cathedral. You can admire Antigo Paco Episcopal, Palacio dos Biscainhos, the Garden of S. Barbara and, of course, the best touristic attraction, Bom Jesus. Braga has been an important trading center, it combines an old and a modern face at the same time...

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    Bom Jesus do Monte, the stairway 2

    by Martin_S. Written Sep 6, 2011

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    Bom Jesus do Monte, Braga, Portugal
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    Favorite thing: From the top of the staircase you have a beautiful view of the city of Braga and also an impressive "angle" from which to see the staircase itself, where you realize just how high this goes.
    At the middle level there is a "platform" just before you begin the assent on the zigzag stairs and there you will find a spiral granite spire which incorporates a water fountain that pours down its curved sides.
    Full of statues at every level, depicting things such as the three virtues and the eight judges who condemed Christ.

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    Bom Jesus do Monte, stations of the cross

    by Martin_S. Written Sep 6, 2011

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    Bom Jesus do Monte, Braga, Portugal
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    Favorite thing: The Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary stairway has at each section a small chapel dedicated to the stations of the cross. The ones shown here are:
    Chapel of the Descent from the Cross
    Chapel of the Crucifixion
    Chapel of the Road to Calvary
    Chapel of Jesus Before Pilate
    Chapel of Simon the Cyrenian

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    Nice architecture!

    by AndyRG Updated Dec 18, 2002

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    Favorite thing: The city has architecturally interesting buildings or other monuments, like Arco da Porta Nova, which was for decades the main entrance to the city. Local authorities don't allow high buildings to be constructed.

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    Bom Jesus do Monte, the stairway 1

    by Martin_S. Written Sep 6, 2011

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    Bom Jesus do Monte, Braga, Portugal
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    Favorite thing: Braga is host to one of the most impressive sites of religious architecture in Portugal, the Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary with its fantastic stairway to "heaven". As you asscend by way of the "Fountain of the Five Wounds of Christ", wend your way past the "Chapel of the Cruxifiction of Christ", and pass the "Staircase of the Three Virtues", you will enjoy not only the staircase itself, but also a view overlooking the city of Braga.

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    Bom Jesus do Monte, fountain and garden

    by Martin_S. Written Sep 6, 2011

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    Bom Jesus do Monte, Braga, Portugal
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    Favorite thing: At the top of the staircase and just off to the left of the church you will find this small sculpted garden/fountain. It seems to mimic a type of secret grotto protected by the foliage and waterfall. The gazebo at the top seems out of place.

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    Se (Cathedral)

    by Martin_S. Written Sep 8, 2011
    Se (Cathedral), Braga, Portugal
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    Favorite thing: One of the things that is suggested that a tourist visist in Braga is the Se (cathedral)...so we did of course, but at this point we had been touring for two weeks in Portugal and had seen more beautiful and more impressive cathedrals....you might say we were "Se'd out"...
    We actaully liked the exterior more than the interior, as I said it was "nothing to write home about" and I show it here just because it is recommended.

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    Genearl Info

    by Redang Updated Mar 15, 2007

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    Cathedral (Braga, Portugal)

    Favorite thing: Tourism Office

    Avenida da Liberdade, 1
    4710-305 braga
    Portugal

    - Tel.: (+351) 25 326 25 50
    - Fax: (+351) 25 361 35 50

    - Internet: www.cm-braga-com.pt/turismo
    - E mail: turismo@cm-braga.pt

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    Don't cut the flowers!

    by AndyRG Updated Dec 18, 2002

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    Just great!

    Favorite thing: It is a great renaissance garden. Behind it, you can see the walls of the Archbishop's Palace, a mediaeval one. Braga is called "the portuguese Rome" for its concentration of religious architecture.

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    Bom Jesus do Monte, the church

    by Martin_S. Written Sep 6, 2011

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    Bom Jesus do Monte, Braga, Portugal
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    Favorite thing: While the church here at Bom Jesus do Monte is not as impressive as many we saw in Portugal, it is still worth taking a few minutes to tour its interior.

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    • Religious Travel
    • Architecture

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