Bom Jesus Funicular
Bom Jesus Funicular
4.5
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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JoMich
Alma, MI261 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We parked at the funicular and took it to the top. It was interesting to ride the oldest operational funicular on the Iberian Peninsula. The ride is only about 5 minutes, and we chose to ride up but walk back down, so it was only 2 euros each.

Seeing Bom Jesus was definitely worthwhile! The basilica is majestic, and although we could only peek inside because of a service in progress, walking around the grounds afforded spectacular views. Not only could we see the city, but also, walking back down allowed us to see the many chapels and sculptures. Looking back up from the bottom really gives you a sense of the scale and symmetry. Highly recommend!
Written March 8, 2023
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Tammy R
Golden, CO18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
WOW! We have been in a lot of Churches in Portugal and this is the best one by far!!!!

Don’t be daunted by the many steps leading up to this church. It is an easy climb with many stopping points along the way. As you climb, there are “landings” (for lack of a better term) and each one has two depictions of Christ leading up to his crucifixtion and resurrection. Be sure to stop and take a moment to appreciate each one!

We took the funicular back down, as we were pressed for time. If you can walk up (and not take the funicular) do it. Much of the beauty lies in the journey here.

Don’t forget to appreciate the fountains on the way up. There is one for each of the five senses (sight, hearing, taste, etc)

Have Euros ready for the bathroom at the top. At the time of our trip it was .50 EU to use the bathroom.
There is a small cafe and gift shop at the top as well.

Definitely worth the time to see this beautiful church!!!
Written March 14, 2020
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magviajemas
Los Angeles, CA469 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
I took Bus 2 - Bom Jesus- from the bus station. I thought it was walking distance from the city center, but I'm glad I took the bus. I hiked from the bottom to the top of the Monument. I took my time and had to catch my breath because I have not checked in at my albergue at the city center. Around 4pm, the first half of the hike up the stairs is shaded so it nice and comfortable.

Aside from the church, they also have a gift shop, cafe, ice cream shop, and keep on walking to the top (not much) to find a restaurant and a small lake where you can rent a small boat or have a picnic. I wish I had more time, but I only had 2 hours.

I was able to take Bus 2 from the same spot I got off which was across the funicular queue.
Written September 26, 2022
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kurteg
Lenexa, KS475 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
So, Braga has Se' de Braga and Bom Jesus. Of course, Se' has all of the history, but while we were in the area we thought we'd just stop off and see Bom Jesus. I think this is the one I'll remember the most. Countless steps (alright, I've heard 650 but it felt more like countless), many statues and mini-chapels along the way up (and down) make this a very unique experience. And the church at the top is very elegant and ties in well with the journey.
Written March 7, 2020
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,621 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
At the very top of "Monte de Espinho", in the District of Tenões, at only 5 kms from the center of Braga, you will find the iconic "Santuário do Bom Jesus do Monte". Also known as "Santuário do Bom Jesus de Braga", it is a symbol of the Christian faith and of the importance of the Roman Catholic Church in Portugal. Around the 14th century, a primitive ermitage was erected at the top of "Monte de Espinho" and it soon became a center of Christian pilgrimage. Years later, in 1784, Archbishop Dom Gaspar de Bragança commissioned Portuguese architect Carlos Luís Ferreira da Cruz Amarante the construction of the actual Sanctuary. It was finally inaugurated in 1811 and is one of the first Neoclassical constructions in Portugal, but Baroque and Rococo characteristics can also be seen. A monumental staircase and a beautiful elevator connect the lower part of "Monte de Espinho" to the Sanctuary itself, at its top. The staircase - with all its chapels, statues, fountains and points of observation - symbolizes the sacred route to the "Way of the Cross" and a rite of penitential purification. Unmissable to all those visiting Braga and, remember, Unesco has appointed the "Santuário do Bom Jesus do Monte", in 2019, a "World Heritage Site"! Enjoy!
Written January 7, 2021
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Mariana P
Lisbon, Portugal134 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Beautiful sight, with a beautiful church. You may walk up and down but there is a funicular option that is very inexpensive. Unless you´re fairly fit, i would not venture up the steps. Plenty of photo opportunities and even if you´re not catholic it is definitely worth the visit.
Written October 17, 2020
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,621 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
On your way up to the magnificent "Santuário do Bom Jesus do Monte" (at the top of "Monte de Espinho", in Tenões - a district of Braga), it is a must to stop at its observation point - "Miradouro do Santuário do Bom Jesus do Monte", located at 116 mts, on the mid-way to the top. A wide esplanade, a gazebo and unforgettable views of the Sanctuary above, of the Baroque monumental stairway, and of the many chapels belonging to the sacred "Way to the Cross" route. And if you don't know yet, the "Santuário do Bom Jesus do Monte" was appointed by Unesco, in 2019, a "World Heritage Site"! Unmissable! Enjoy!
Written December 27, 2020
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX5,665 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
This location, historically viewed as a sacred mountain, has been a place of pilgrimage since at least the 14th century. And the sanctuary has been a work in progress for over 600 years! It was gloomy and raining as our tour guide drove us to the entrance at the top. My spirits were lifted as soon as I walked into the church! Small chapels representing the stations of the cross line the sides, but it was the Crucifixion scene behind the main altar that made me gasp. Afterwards, we walked down the fabulous Baroque stairway amid fountains, statues, chapels, and gardens. I can’t imagine climbing up 600 steps on your knees as some pilgrims do! Honestly, in the rain, it was not the view or experience I was hoping for. Yet still so stunning and I was grateful to be there. UNESCO inscribed Bom Jesus as a World Heritage Site in 2019 (why it took that long I don’t know). Do not miss. Even in the rain. Just take care you don’t slip on the wet stones.
Written January 25, 2022
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Angie2012-11
London, UK711 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
A beautiful, amazing, exceptional place. Te stairs were built in very unique way, they look impressive while standing at their bottom. There is a great view of Braga from te top. Although it is a busy place, it is quiet, a good place to stop and just to be there.
Written October 17, 2021
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John L
Grand Bend, Canada2,043 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
The imposing Bom Jesus do Monte (Good Jesus of the Mount) towers over nearby Braga and the local countryside. A chapel was erected on the site as early as 1373, and the current church was built 1784-1834. It is quite a hike up the hill, and over 500 zigzagging stairs before reaching the top, but there is also a funicular and it can be reached by car. Whatever method you choose, it is well worth the visit, as there are gardens, grottos, miniature chapels and sculptures, as well as spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Pilgrims ascending the Sacred Way can view 5 fountains representing sight, smell, sound, touch and taste.
Written March 22, 2020
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