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Elevador do Bom Jesus do Monte

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Address: Confraria do Bom Jesus, Braga 4715-05, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 253 676 636

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Take it to go up the hill. It's fun, it's old (so it's like taking a trip in history), it's unique (it runs with water!) and it saves you the trouble of going up 1,000 (one... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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113 reviews 113 reviews
70 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Take it to go up the hill. It's fun, it's old (so it's like taking a trip in history), it's unique (it runs with water!) and it saves you the trouble of going up 1,000 (one thousand) steps! However it will be worth your while to go down by the stairs to enjoy the scenery....It will take you about 20... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

It is a few minutes' ride up the hill, but is is a cheap one (1,20Euro in Feb 2015) and the experience is worthwhile. It will also help you avoid the more than 500 steps up to the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus.

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Braga, Portugal
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40 reviews 40 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

The elevator is moved by diffentce in the potential energy. On top the elevator is filled with water which is discharges when he arrived at the bottom of the hill. Nice to visit and to do nice pictures inside.

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Portugal
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The oldest funicular in the world moving by water counterbalancing is the Bom Jesus funicular built in 1882.

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31 reviews 31 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This is one the most exciting tour on a elevator moved by water system. Its a short trip but the view and the place offers unique sensation. Round trip 2 euro. In the top of the Bom Jesus, dont miss the church and the Park views.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Bom Jesus funicular, the oldest in the world operated by water counterbalancing. They load water into the car at the top of the hill, which weighs it down so it descends to the bottom, at the same time drawing the lighter, drained car up the hill, where the process starts all over again. Ingenious!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

High on a hill outside of town, but easily reached by a bus every half hour, you will be forever moved by what you see inside the church and naturally the grounds and views are just helpful in making this a must stop in Northern Portugal.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Worth the drive up (even in the rain!) then take the funicular down (or up or both!). Make sure to spend an hour or two walking around the paths and through the grounds.

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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

One of the oldest funiculars working on water. They fill up the top car tank with water untill the car starts to move, then they put a little bit more water in the tank and the car is going down, the other up. Below they empty the tank and fill up the upper tank. Great to see how this works... More 

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Tetouan, Morocco
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Something which you must do when visiting Braga is to take the elevator to Bom Jesus. This ancient elevator has been operating since 1882 and is really remarkable. It operates by water. There are two carriages which operate simultaneously. The one at the top is filled with over four thousand litres of water, this weight then lowers the carriage by... More 

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