Leixoes (Porto), Portugal
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Approximately 4 Hours
Meals not included
The charming city of Braga -- the capital of Minho Province -- is often called the 'Portuguese Rome' because it boasts many churches. It is best known for its 12th-century cathedral.
Travel to the Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary, located on a hilltop on the outskirts of Braga. Built in the 18th century, the church has an impressive Baroque stairway, zigzagging 381 feet up the hillside. Pilgrims often choose to climb the steps up the hillside on their knees, and are rewarded with striking views of the surrounding countryside once they reach the top. The Sanctuary houses chapels decorated with terracotta sculptures depicting the Passion of Christ. Around the chapels are four Baroque fountains with statues of the Evangelists, which also date back to the 18th century.
Continue towards the city center of Braga to visit its impressive cathedral. The Braga Cathedral was built in the 12th century on the site of the Church of Santa Maria, which had been destroyed by the Moors. It is one of the highlights of Braga and is comprised of many different architectural styles -- Baroque, Roman and Gothic with hints of others too.
After your visit, enjoy some free time to explore the quaint streets of Braga at your leisure.
Wear comfortable walking shoes.