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Escadiaria do Bom Jesus – Braga, Portugal

From any part of the historic center of Braga one can be view on the top of the mountain in the town of “Tenões (Santa Eulália)” and at a height of over 400 meters (over 1,312 feet) above sea level, the Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary, a place of pilgrimage in Portugal.

The “Escadiaria do Bom Jesus” or stairway that we know today, is the result of the construction, separately of three staircases in different periods, but united spectacularly giving the impression of being a single structure.

The first stairway is attached to two chapels that represent the stations of the “Via Crucis”.

The second stairway is known as the Escadaria dos Cinco Sentidos (Five Senses staircase), which has five breaks with its allegorical sources. At its top was the old Church.

On the place where the old church was located, Carlos Amarante started the construction and added the third and last staircase that we come to know today as the Escadaria das Três Virtudes. It is adjacent to chapels and fountains that represent faith, hope and charity.


During the climb stand a series of statues representing biblical figures or prophets, among other images.

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