Located on the slopes of Mount Espinho, which overlooks the city of Braga, in the north of Portugal, the site of the Bom Jesus of the Mount evokes Christian Jerusalem and reproduces a sacred mountain crowned with a church. Built over a period of more than 600 years, mainly in a Baroque style, the sanctuary illustrates the European tradition of the Sacri Monti (“sacred mountains”), promoted by the Catholic Church at the Council of Trent, in the 16th century, in reaction to the Protestant Reformation. The whole of the Good Jesus is centered on a Via Crucis which runs along the western flank of Mt. It has a series of chapels which house sculptures evoking the Passion of Christ, fountains, allegorical sculptures and classical gardens. The Via Crucis leads to the church, was built between 1784 and 1811. The granite buildings have plastered facades, whitewashed, framed with exposed stone masonry. The famous Staircase of the Five Senses, which has walls, steps, fountains, statues and other ornamental elements, is the most emblematic Baroque work within the property. They are framed by lush woods and surrounded by a picturesque park which, masterfully situated on the steep hill, contributes greatly to the landscape value of the whole.
Where is it?
Bom Jesus’Church, Braga, Portugal.