Bom Jesus is about 15minutes bus ride from centre of Braga. It is on a hill in a lovely setting. Bus number 2 from town centre , with the name Bom Jesus in the destination board. Fare was 1 euro 65 c one way. At Bom Jesus the bus arrives at the Funicular to go to the top. About 100m back at the bus stop are the start of the stairs to climb. Entrance to church is free,donations welcome. There are a couple of refreshment places nearby for food and drink. The Ascensor [ funicular ] is run by water power, the top car is filled with water and the weight pulls the bottom car up. Fare was 2 euro return. Great trip There are four hotels on the hilltop, in the higher budget . Bom Jesus Do Monte in English is Good Jesus of the mount
Bo Jesus do Monte is located on a hilltop a few kilometers outside Braga and is one of the most interesting religious sites in Portugal.
It's a baroque stairway from the 18th century that climbs up to the top of a hill where you have a church.
The church is quite pretty but the really interesting things is the stairway.
It's a very interesting construction and one of the best excamples in the world of bqroque architecture.
On the way up you find 6 chapels on the stairway dedicated to the passion of christ.
Many pilfrims visit the place every year especially those who are walking from the holy town of Fatima to the holy town of Santiago in Spain.
You can either walk up the long stairway or you can drive up as they have a good road all the way to the top.
Next to the church you have a couple of hotels these days and they are both quite nice and often filled with wedding parties as the place is very popular for weddings, especially among the upper class portuguese and Braga has quite a bit of that being one of the wealthiest places in Portugal.
Another option for what to do and see in Braga is to have a look at the azulejos that cover many facades of buildings. Some of them have a pattern, others are only having one bright color. I really enjoyed seeing them.
Walking through Braga you might pass is the Igreja dos Terceiros. It was built in 1690 from alms and its facade is of baroque style. High above the entrance you can see the statue of São Francisco de Assis who lived from 1182 to 1226.
The Igreja de São Paulo is located in the same building complex as the Capela Nossa Senhora da Torre. Both together, the chapel and the church, house the Museu Pio XII, which presents sacral art and archeology.
One of the first impressive buildings that I saw in Braga is the Capela Nossa Senhora da Torre. This chapel is located in the same building complex as the Igreja de São Paulo. Characteristic of the Capela is the huge tower and the small city gate underneath it. Both together, the chapel and the church, house the Museu Pio XII, which presents sacral art and archeology. It is said that from the part of the museum located in the tower you will have a good view over the roofs of Braga.
Two interesting churches are the Capela dos Coimbras and the Church of São João do Souto (photo 2). Both are built side by side to eachother and differ very much in their look. Probably the Church of São João do Souto is the older one of the two while the other was added as an extension. Capela dos Coimbras is built in Manueline style between the 1525 and 1528 century under archbishop D. Diogo de Sousa.
The Se de Braga (Catedral de Santa Maria de Braga) is an important example of the Portuguese Roman style. In it there are the tombs of Henrique of Borgonha and Teresa of Leão (his wife) who are the Counts of the first Portuguese County and parents of Portugals first King, King D. Afonso Henriques. The cathedral has a very rich decor with lots of gold and the walls inside have beautiful tiles.
More than 90% of the castles, stand in a high hill, easy to see from distance. That was not the case of Braga, where the castle almost disappeared engulfed by construction.
The main tower is all that lasts, and to find it you may search Castelo street, in the centre of town.
Started in 1596 and succesivley transformed and adapted, this church was only finished in the 19th century, and, with the extintion of the religious orders in 1834 it became a state property, used to install the army.
Nowadays it belongs to City Hall.
Right in the centre of city, this temple comes from the 12th century.
Several times rebuilt (the last one in the 19th century) it lost most of its original elements, but still deserves to be visited.
Included in the most visited complex of Braga - the shrine of Bom Jesus do Monte - the staircase is a wonderful piece of art, full of symbolism and precious details.
Descending in a zigzag, each landing is decorated with chapels and fountains, all of them with a different theme.
According to the place where you have parked, you may plan your descent by foot, using the old water-moving funicular (the oldest in Iberia, but still safe and working) in your way up or to do it in reverse.
Close to Braga, Falperra is a mountain often used to motor racing. It's a beautiful trip, ending in Santa Maria Madalena church, also called Falperra church.
Without the visibility and attraction of Bom Jesus and Sameiro, this church is generally considered the third element in the sanctuaries tour in the outskirts of Braga.
I've been in Bom Jesus several times, but always during the day. This time I went ther by night and had a new perspective. In a very hot night, this is a cool spot among trees with the monument in the back and the city unfolding at your feet. Nice, but it doesn't replace the visit during the day.
A common expression in Portuguese language may be translated "... it is older than Braga's cathedral". What you may visit is, nowadays, not exactly somthing of the older references in Portuguese culture, but a complex of old and very old chapels, each one with its own history.
Started in the 11th century is a landmark in portuguese cultural history, and houses a rich religious treasure, with a separated visit.