Sunday 3rd December 207
After a fab day yesterday whatever we did today would be a let down – or so we thought! We had decided to stay another day and stumbled upon ‘Bom Jesus do Monte’ only 6k away, the most impressive religious sanctuary in Portugal according to the guide book.
It was started in 1722 and took 90 years to complete. A series of 14 scenes showing the story of the crucifixion is depicted on the long walk up the staircase. Each scene made up with life size terracotta figures is depicted in an individual chapel
and is set over an impressive staircase of 590 steps leading up to the church of Bom Jesus at the top of the mountain with its stunning interior. No excuses and nothing else to say so here are the photos in order of the depiction
Chapel of the Last supper
Chapel of Christ’s agony in the garden
Chapel of the Kiss of Judas
Chapel of Darkness
Chapel of Flagellation
Chapel of the Crown of thorns
Chapel of the Road to calvery
Chapel of Jesus before Pilate
Chapel of Crucifixion
Chapel of Simon the Cyrenien
Chapel of the descent from the cross
The final fresco in the church was truly magnificent and the church was painted from top to toe in amazing scenes.
We really enjoyed the climb to the summit and Molly had a great afternoon running up and down the steps. After all that climbing we had truly deserved a drink and a bite to eat and there was an open air terrace cafe with an amazing view over Braga that was begging us to partake in its delights, so we had a light lunch before making our way back down the 590 steps back to the car.