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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 16 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

If you are driving from Lisbon to Porto, make sure you stop and visit this location. It is spectacular!, the church-monastery. And the views are incredible. We drove that day, as it was drizzling, but even then, we totally enjoyed this stop, which was not originally planned. Have a cafe in the veranda soaking the view of both the locale... More

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

A remarkable place. It may not be the most beautiful monastery-church there is but all in all, with the magnificent view, the steps leading up (you can go up by car too), a place well worth a visit.

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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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112 reviews 112 reviews
82 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The easiest way to get up is by car and the last few yards by foot. If there is a parking spot. The other way up is the Elevador de Bom Jesus, also very easy. The hardest way up is by foot. On the top you will find many topics and a lot of tourists, but you can stay here... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The journey from the bottom to the top was fascinating and was very thought provoking. Incredible views from the top and the Church on top is beautiful. We enjoyed a coffee at one of the small cafes.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Bom Jesus do Monte is an easy 20-minute bus ride from Braga and makes a perfect half-day trip. Take the funicular up the steep hill, spend a leisurely visit strolling the grounds, walking in gardens and wooded trails, and exploring the interior and exterior of the church in detail. Take a pleasant break in one of the hilltop cafes and... More

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241 reviews 241 reviews
139 attraction reviews
198 helpful votes 198 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Located in the Braga area is the pilgrim destination of the church of Bom Jesus do Monte. Penitants have been known to walk on their knees up about 9 sets of huge staircases. It is hard enough just to walk down them, on two feet. Each landing on the sets of stairs has its own fountain that tells a story... More

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Cerritos, California
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43 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We drove to this church during our stay in Portugal. It was a scary ride up a winding and narrow road. Parking was a challenge. But once we walked out to the church, it was worth the hassle. Although there were a lot of tourists, it still felt peaceful. The church itself was lovely. There is a funicular you can... More

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College Station, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This point of interest is a must see! The grounds are beautiful and the church is extraordinary. There are some renovations taking place, however, visitors are still able to see the church. The people here are some of the friendliest you will ever meet. From the grounds here you have access to breathtaking views of the city and countryside.

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St. Asaph, United Kingdom
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68 reviews 68 reviews
24 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Visiting this site was the main reason we stayed in Braga but it was such a disappointment, it was covered in scaffolding and tarpaulin,I appreciate that renovation work has to take place but the whole surounding areas looked untidy with weeds growing everywhere. We drove up to Bom Jesus and took the famous water powered venicular tram down to the... More

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Ilkeston, United Kingdom
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110 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We were planning to walk up the steps to Bom Jesus, but the local bus driver dissuaded us. There were, he said, 624 steps from the bus stop – not just the pretty ornamental zig-zag ones you see on the postcards. He suggested we caught the water-powered funicular up & walked down, if we wanted photos of the steps. We... More

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