Free Tour of the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus and its steps

Duration: 1h and 45min
Languages: English
Guru: Mariana
Registered on August 09, 2020

Hi! I'm Mariana :) I graduated this year in History in the University of Porto. I like history (of course), reading, discovering new things and meeting people!

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

The Bom Jesus is an enblematic simbol of the city of Braga.
Classified as Nacional Monument and declared World Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. It's situated on a hill above Braga, its monumental steps being seen from all over the city.
This guided tour promises an interesting and fun way to get to know the sanctuary and its stairways, unveiling the symbols of its architecture and the mysteries of its construction.
This guided tour starts at the beginning of the stairways, at the Escadório do Pórtico with the goal of climbing the stairs while its construction and symbolism are explained, as well as some of the most interesting points of its history and of the Portuguese, and especially, Braga's culture.
[Depending on the time you choose to visit, you can also enjoy the sunset on top of Bom Jesus (my favorite place in Braga to see it)]
After the stairs, we also see the outside part of the Sanctuary and the surronded areas, finishing in the elevators (so you can have a wonderfull- and unique in Europe- drive back). 

Come and join in a guided tour walking over the 573 steps of this Sanctuary with a local who grew up here and has history as her second passion (the first is my cat)! 

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  • Meeting point:
    Estr. de São Pedro, 4715 Braga, Portugal
    Estr. de São Pedro, 4715 Braga, Portugal
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    At the entrance of the steps with purple sunglasses.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Nikola 26 Nov 2023

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Travelled alone - Nov 2023
Mariana was a great guide who really cares about the history and the evolution of the Bom Jesus sanctuary. I am glad I went on the tour because without a guide like her - it's just some nice stairs, and good views. Mariana made the tour and the place special by sharing the history and symbolism behind it.
Kelley 16 Oct 2023
Powell River

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Travelled in group - Oct 2023
Unfortunately our tour leader didn’t show up to the tour. She had sent a message to confirm the tour an hour before the start, but we didn’t get it till later.
Lone 26 Sep 2023

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2023
Mariana made a walk up 570 steps fun. She was knowledgeable and told of her own experience as well
David 25 Sep 2023
San Diego

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Travelled alone - Sep 2023
Very interesting history of the steps and sanctuary. Mariana is extremely knowledgeable and presents a great deal of information in a relatable way.
Lynne 20 Sep 2023

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Travelled alone - Sep 2023
I highly recommend this tour with Mariana. She is so knowledgeable and engaging whilst with a very relaxed and friendly manner. I so appreciated her commitment & professionalism in increasing poor weather. Thankyou Mariana!
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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