Bom Jesus do Monte : Michelin's recommendations
The Baroque staircase of Bom Jesus is one of Portugal's most famous monuments. It represents the Northern Baroque style, carved from austere grey granite, enhanced by the whiteness of walls base coated with lime. The building work, which was staggered over several centuries, leaves traces of different eras. The staircase of Virtues is in the rococo style, whilst the sanctuary, erected by Carlos Amarante between 1784 and 1811, is neoclassical. The sacred way that the pilgrims struggled up on their knees is comprised of a path flanked by chapels, in which the stations of the Way of the Cross are reconstructed with life-size figures. These chapels are followed by the staircase of the Five Senses and the staircase of the Three Virtues, representing the spiritual journey of believers who must learn to master their senses and to acquire the virtues of faith, hope and charity in order to accede to salvation... An elegant portico takes you onto a twisting path bordered by chapels. Each of these chapels accommodates a scene from the Passion evoked by characters in terracotta that are stunningly lifelike. Beside each chapel, you will also notice a fountain decorated with mythological motifs. The church contains reliquaries and commemorative plaques.
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