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Elevador do Bom Jesus do Monte

Address: Confraria do Bom Jesus, Braga 4715-05, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 253 676 636
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Ranked #6 of 19 Attractions in Braga
Type: Lookouts, Sights & Landmarks
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Braga, Portugal
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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65 reviews 65 reviews
44 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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136 reviews 136 reviews
28 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
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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119 reviews 119 reviews
87 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
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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135 reviews 135 reviews
37 attraction reviews
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
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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Highland, Michigan
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We were suppose to stay there for 5 nights, however after 1 night we checked out. The AC did not work so the room was over 80 degrees. They did not have anyone that could fix it. We tried to open the window for the cool evening air but the staff worked until 3am and they were just under our... More 

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62 reviews 62 reviews
25 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Apparently this is the oldest in the country. The rickety wooden carriage takes you up and down a few hundred yards, but nothing much to see for the trees.It saves a long haul up however!

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