Bom Jesus de Braga

This Catholic sanctuary dedicated to Senhor Bom Jesus is an architectural-landscape ensemble made up of a church, a stairway where the Via Sacra do Bom Jesus develops, an area of ​​forest (Parque do Bom Jesus)

Portico Staircase
It is accessed by the Portico do Bom Jesus, an arch at the beginning of the staircase, where the coat of arms of the person responsible for its construction is located, in 1723, the then Archbishop of Braga, D. Rodrigo de Moura Teles. In this initial section are the first chapels of the Via Sacra do Bom Jesus, built in the same period.

Stairway of the Five Senses
Allegorical sources to the Five Senses.

In this section of the staircase, five flights of stairs are developed, separated by levels with allegorical fountains to the five senses, in the following order: "Vision", "Hearing", "Smell", "Palate" and "Tact".
These fountains are preceded by another, the "Fountain of the Five Wounds", where the following inscription reads: "Fountains of purple then opened the bitter hatred; now love transforms them here into crystals for you."

Vision Source
It is characterized by a figure that throws water through the eyes, and has the inscription: "Prudent man, take them for a dream and thus you will watch." On the right side, a statue of Moses bears the inscription "Those who were wounded looked healed", and another of Jeremiah, with the inscription "I see a watchful face".

Hearing Source
It is characterized by a figure that throws water in the ears, with a statue of Idito playing the zither and the inscription "Who sang to the sound of the zither, presiding over those who sang and praised the Lord". On the left side is David, with the inscription "In my ear you will give joy and joy", in front of a woman with the inscription "Your voice sounds in my ears".

Smell Fountain
It is characterized by a figure that throws water through the nose, with a statue of a man headed by the inscription "Give flowers like a lily and give off a sweet smell". On the left side there is the figure of Noah, and on the right Sulamite with the inscription: "Your stature is similar to a palm ... and the smell of your mouth is like that of apples".

Palate Fountain
It is characterized by a mouth-watering figure, with a statue of Joseph of Egypt with a chalice and a plate in his hands, and the inscription "May your land be filled with the blessings of the Lord, the fruits of heaven and the dew" . On the left side, the figure of Jonathan with the inscription "I tasted some honey on the end of a stick and that's why I die" and, on the right, Ezra with the inscription "Taste the bread, and don't abandon us, like the shepherd in the middle of wolves ".

Tato Fountain
It is characterized by a figure that holds a jug in both hands, from which it casts water, with the statue of Solomon and the inscription "My insides trembled at his touch". This statue is flanked by Isaiah, with the inscription "It touched my mouth", and Isaac's, blind, with his hands outstretched in search of his son and the inscription "Come to me, my son, so that he touches you" .

Stairway of the Three Virtues
Allegorical sources to the Three Virtues.

In the same way as the Escadório dos Cinco Sentidos, this passage dates from 1837. It has three sources dedicated to the theological Virtues: Faith, Hope and Charity.

Fonte da Fé
It presents the inscription "Correrão de Águas Vivas", and its allegories refer to Docility and Confession.

Fountain of Hope
It is characterized by a figure of Noah's ark beneath which the water falls. It presents the inscription "Ark in which ... souls were saved", and the allegories refer to Trust and Glory.

Fountain of Charity
It is characterized by a statue of a woman with two children in her arms, with the inscription "These are three virtues ... the greatest of them, however, is charity". The water gushes from the heart of one of the children, and the allegories refer to Benignity and Peace.

The staircase, with a total of 581 steps, culminates in the Terreiro de Moisés, where the Pelicano Fountain and the São Longuinho Statue are located, followed by the churchyard and the Bom Jesus Church.

Braga
3h30 - 369km to Lisbon

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