Braga. The Good -although steep- Jesus. Travel in northern Portugal
Braga. In less touristic Portugal
Braga, one of the largest cities in Portugal, is in the country’s northern part, the most inaccessible and forgotten one. In the heart of the province of Minho, it’s an ideal starting point to visit the most authentic part of Portugal.
The city itself is also worth visiting. But the most important site is out of it.
Braga, the cathedral
The Coimbras chapel
Santa Casa da Misericórdia. Hospital church
Ascending towards the Good Jesus
Bom Jesus do Monte (Good Jesus of the Mountain) was built in the 18th century and made such a strong impression, that many churches imitated it, mainly in Brazil. But this was the prototype.
People often climb it on their knees. This entails multiple symbolisms for believers, who arrive at the church after a purification route.
Even if you walk normally, it’s pretty hard to climb.
It’s not even easy to get there.
To make it there, I depended on communicating with ticket sellers and bus conductors who spoke only Portuguese. And I was trying to improvise, translating from Spanish to Portuguese, without speaking Portuguese.
It seems I got it just about right since I was able to go and come back.
And I present to you the photographic results.
In the order I saw them while climbing.
P.S. There’s also a funicular, but I think that’s a bit cheating, isn’t it?
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