2019 #Braga | Santuário do Bom Jesus do Monte
Updated: Jan 8, 2020
The place is well-known as a piligrimage point, but definitely worth visiting even though you are not religious at all. If you like beautiful architecture and amazing views from hilltops, then it’s a catch. Current sanctuary was built in 18th century and the in complex together with baroque staircase it look gorgeous.
To get there is easy, by car from Porto is about 45 min by highway to #Braga, heading to the hilltop from Braga city (better use googlemap to not get lost anyway). There is a city bus going there too, but as I never used it then I wouldn’t give a useful tips for it. Once you arrive at the well organized parking slot you immediately notice calming and relaxing atmosphere of the place. Birds singing, high trees slowly waving under a whispering breeze, no noise around, just peaceful and quiet.
There are two ways to climb up the hill to see the church and baroque stairs. First option is a staircase...
...and second is so called elevator.
If you‘re brave enough to use the #staircase going up, that sounds great, just note that you have to be really of a good sport shape (no kidding, be prepared). The staircase itself it not that steep and I can say even comfortable, but veeeery long, so it will take a lot of time and physical efforts, this is definitely a work out. I don’t know how many steps are there in total but it has 6 or 7 flights like this...
I’m actually a rather relaxing person and not a pilgrim, so I chose a combined option to discover both: elevator going up and staircase for the way back. One way ticket costs 1,5€ and round trip (if you’re even more relaxing than me) costs 2,5€. The way itself takes a couple of min, the departure is every half an hour. And the tram itself is old and charming.
The church on top is awesome and the view from the hill to #Braga city is incredible.
I was not that much lucky to discover the interior of the #church as it was a big construction work inside, which covered the largest part of the building. The only small piece of the entrance was open.
The view from the hilltop is fantastic. Take a moment to sit on one of the stairs or stone benches to enjoy, it definitely worth.
As the way back I’ve chosen was the stairs, so I was enjoying a beautiful architecture and nice gardens while walking down slowly, with no rush.
White baroque staircase is a cherry on the cake. Each segment of stairways, which has a zigzag shape, is dedicated to the Five Senses. Each sense (Sight, Smell, Hearing, Touch, Taste) is represented by a different fountain. Whole composition looks stunning and super impressive.