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Bom Jesus do Monte

N103-3, 3 miles (4.75km) southeast of Braga, Braga, Portugal (Nogueiró)
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Ranked #2 of 17 Attractions in Braga
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
Traveler Description:                  ...                  ... The Igreja de Bom Jesus  (Church of the Good Jesus) is one of the most remarkable examples of 18th (and... more »
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Kewaskum, Wisconsin
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Easy to get to by bus from Braga. Take the funicular up the hill if you have mobility issues, and then walk down to see all the chapels and statues. The church is okay, with an interesting altar, but it's the surrounding gardens, park and views that will make you glad you came.

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Stuttgart, Germany
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

One of the Churches and gardens in Portugal we visited. To find the parking lot was not easy as theer is only a sign for busses, so we just parked in the street and walked. It's areally nice garden and church. The stairs and walls weren't really white anymore - maybe because end of the season!? The view is amazing... More

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65 reviews 65 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We went up by funicular which incidentally is the oldest in the Iberian Peninsula and is water counterbalancing as if it wasn't interesting enough by being that original in the Peninsula! The church would be like any other church were it not for its altar. A life size depiction of the crucifixion with the other two crosses on each side... More

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Bergen, Norway
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5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

I really liked this sanctuary on the top of the mountain where you can see everything around and enjoy fresh air. Be prepared to climb up the mountain because it's very high but worth it. There is a funicular, but the queue was so big that I decided to walk.

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North Wales
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78 reviews 78 reviews
24 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

I can not imagine trying to walk up all of these steps on your knees but actually do, pilgims do this. This was extremely interesting and we did see a woman on her knees being taken into the church, she had padding in her knees and this must have taken all of the day to reach the top. We walked... More

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Braga, Portugal
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

If you are nearby (if in the summer, even better), don't miss the chance to visit it. It is a very beautiful location, in the top of an hill. The area is wonderful, full of green life, with historical elements (as churches). It is worth spending a couple of hours (or even more) in the area to see it and... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 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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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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102 reviews 102 reviews
43 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

We visited Bom Jesus do Monte as part of our Titan Douro river cruise & Pousada holiday. We loved this excursion to an 18th Century Neo-Classical church and fantastic Baroque staircase with wonderful views over Braga. The church is beautiful and cleverly lit by strategically positioned windows. I found the floral arrangements absolutely gorgeous. Outside there are lovely gardens and... More

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Fantastic views across braga at the moment they are re tiling the roof and if you go into the gift shop you can buy a tile write a message on it,and it will go on top.worth the journey walk down the stairway get the lift back up,have lunch at the top,good value,and there is a couple of hotels next to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

One of the most impressive cathedral in Europe in my opinion. The mountain climb was not too tiring (my 6-year-old made it easily) but you have the cable tube as another option. Once you're there look for the different fountain patterns as you climb up the zigzag stairs. Magnificent view of Braga. Bus No 2 from downtown (final stop) which... More

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