Visit to Bom Jesus
Braga Travel Blog› entry 2 of 12 › view all entries
September 2nd, 2007 – by: jenn79
I love how Europe is not very crowded. If we had such a gorgeous structure in Los Angeles, you can bet it would be full of people, both locals and tourists, every single hour of the day. But here, it was as sparsely crowded as it was beautiful.
There are 2 ways to get up the hill to the church. One is via the stairs (which I did not take). Apparently at every landing there are statues and a small building that housed a scene of Jesus in the bible.
The other way of getting to this church is via a water-driven "funicular". I don't know what that means, but it's a wooden trolley-looking thing that goes up very steeply and sounds just awful, full of groans and noises. The trip down is even more scary, as you wonder if it's going to stop in time..
I suppose if you were to take the labor of walking up the stairs, you would be rewarded with the sight of the main church, which is gorgeous. The grounds and building remind me a lot of Versailles in France. Not quite as large or ornate, but definitely a similar feeling of grandeur and beauty.
We wandered around bits of Braga that day, visiting Braga Shopping (and having lunch there) and generally just trying to keep the group together.
I was really surprised at this point at what a large city we were building in. I really expected a super-rural area. I expected cornfields and dirt and having to make a fire in a circle of rocks. But here we were with great public transportation, stores open on Sunday (which wasn't even an option in Geneva!) and plenty of people on the streets! Braga was really a lovely place, and as I was soon to see, highly preferable over Porto in many ways.
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