ARCHITECT, Portuguese
(active from 1784-1811)

Exterior view

Bom Jesus do Monte, Braga

In eighteenth-century Portugal, besides Porto, a second centre of late Baroque architecture established itself in Braga. The most breathtaking monument of this era was the Santuário do Bom Jesus do Monte. A unique testimony to the combination of Christian and ancient pagan motifs can be found in the stations of the cross which today lead to the church (not completed until the nineteenth century). In the top six levels, connected by stairways, scenes from Christ's passion are represented in square chapels opposite fountain basins with Roman gods, beneath this a second section, furnished again with fountains and statues, combines allegories of the five senses with scenes from the Old Testament.

The photo shows the stations of the cross and the church façade.

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