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    Castle

    by solopes Updated Jan 5, 2014

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    Braga - Portugal

    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.

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    Populo Church

    by solopes Updated Jan 5, 2014

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    Braga - Portugal

    Started in 1596 and successively transformed and adapted, this church was only finished in the 19th century, and, with the extinction of the religious orders in 1834 it became a state property, used to install the army.

    Nowadays it belongs to City Hall.

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    Saint "João do Souto" church

    by solopes Updated Jan 5, 2014

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    Braga - Portugal

    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.

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    Bom Jesus Staircase

    by solopes Updated Dec 18, 2013

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    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.

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    Falperra

    by solopes Updated Dec 18, 2013

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    Braga - Portugal

    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.

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    Bom Jesus

    by solopes Updated Dec 18, 2013

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    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.

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    Cathedral

    by solopes Updated Dec 18, 2013

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    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.

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    Sameiro

    by solopes Updated Dec 18, 2013

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    Sameiro - Braga - Portugal
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    Close to Bom Jesus, another sanctuary stands in the hills overlooking Braga.

    Though missing the garden and the great views over town, Sameiro is an important pilgrimage place, and interesting to visit.

    Many years later I returned there... by night. A different perspective, a calm stroll in a hot night, overlooking the city. Nice.

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    Gardens of Bom Jesus do Monte

    by solopes Updated Dec 18, 2013

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    More than a sanctuary, this complex in a mountain overlooking the city, is Braga's landmark.

    This gem of Portuguese Baroc surrounded by pleasant gardens, is the right place to "ver Braga por um canudo"(locals will explain you the meaning of this), and spend a couple of relaxing hours.

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    Bom Jesus Do Monte Sanctuary Braga Portugal

    by alectrevor Updated Jul 12, 2013
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    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

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    Bom Jesus do Monte.

    by cachaseiro Written Feb 17, 2013

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    Bom Jesus do Monte.

    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.

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    Enjoy the Azulejos

    by gubbi1 Written May 5, 2012
    Azulejos, Braga, PT
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    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.

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    Igreja dos Terceiros

    by gubbi1 Written May 5, 2012
    Igreja dos Terceiros, Braga, PT

    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.

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    Igreja de São Paulo

    by gubbi1 Written May 5, 2012
    Igreja de S��o Paulo, Braga, PT (from wikipedia)

    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.

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    Capela Nossa Senhora da Torre

    by gubbi1 Written May 5, 2012
    Capela Nossa Senhora da Torre, Braga, PT

    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.

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