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Santuario do Bom Jesus do Monte, Braga

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Religious Site Landmark
Perched upon a hilltop in Portugal's Braga district, Santuario do Bom Jesus do Monte represents one of the area's most important historical pilgrimage sites. Climb the ornate, Baroque double staircase that zigzags up the hill for 116 m (381 ft), to the church's main courtyard. From the top of the basilica, you'll find a view of the city, hills, and coastal landscape. Instead of climbing, you can hop in the historical funicular car, notable for its continuing usage of a water balance system for power, and ride up to the peak. Step inside the church, which was constructed during the 18th century, to explore its different chapels, ornate decorations, statues, and religious artwork depicting Biblical scenes. To visit Santuario do Bom Jesus do Monte and other attractions in Braga, use our Braga trip itinerary maker.
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Where to stay in Braga

Make the most of thousands of years worth of history in Braga by staying in a hotel in the city's celebrated town core. An array of mid-range hotels are wedged in among its winding streets and secluded squares; many of these feature decent rates and easy walking access to nearly all of Braga's popular sights. You can also opt for an apartment rental or guesthouse, most of which are offered by local residents to visitors, to get a similar old-town experience with a bit more privacy and independence. For some peace and quiet away from the tourist crowds, reserve a spot at the nearby monastery.
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  • All along the steps up to the church are grottos where you can stop & say a prayer, and rest thank goodness. The walk is nearly straight up the side of the hill. Teens will not appreciate it at all, y...  more »
  • Get the public bus you can get it from outside the train station. Once there you can walk up the stairs or use the water train which is what we did. Amazing views from the top. Walk up into the woodla...  more »
  • We took a bus from Braga and walked the staircase for a great view of Northern Portugal. My daughter and I were on a 14-day Portuguese Pilgrimage. This is an unusual attraction and worth the visit. We...  more »
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  • Such an enchanted location. Very romantic for couples and adventurous for families. Bring comfortable shoes because you will be walking and seeing so much, come completely comfortable. The entrance is a large park that greats you with a pond that you can take a boat ride in a little romantic touch, then onto the actual site, with everything looking like a storybook your eyes will be in awe of all the natural beauty and rustic charm. There is a place for coffee, snacks and dinner, however you can get even more creative by making a picnic experience. If you want the best experience without too many tourists and chance for incredible photos, arrive early in the morning, during the week and months which are considered cold, November, December, January.
  • The view is breathtaking. The basilica is baroque style and it's beautiful, unique altar. There's a beautiful via Crucis worth visiting too.
  • Bom Jesus is amazing - an oasis in Braga. It's perfect for hikes, walks, picnics with families and great place to take beautiful shoeselfies. Josefinas sneakers stand out from the landscape.
  • One of my fav part of this city! get lost and find yourself with architecture and nature! stairs and stairs!! dont miss this place
  • Beautiful mountain top religious site. If you walk to the top it's 520 steps, there is also a water elevator ride available or car parking along the way. 0.50€ fee to use the restrooms 🙂