Bom Jesus Braga

This is the type of vista to expect from the top of the Bom Jesus sanctuary in the environs of Braga, northern Portugal.

Dazzling in the theatricality of both its location and conception, Bom Jesus is a place of pilgrimage like no other – a Jacob’s ladder of religious symbols topped by an imposing church.

The site dates back to the 1720s and has since been receiving thousands of pilgrims every year who fervently climb the hundreds of steps, sometimes on their knees, stopping at the numerous small shrines en route.

A water-powered funicular opened in 1882 provides a less arduous means of reaching the top.