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Paço de Lanheses - Viana do Castelo - Portugal


The Bom Jesus do Monte, as we know it today is the result of multiple architectural interventions, combined with a significant effort of aesthetic update that since the late fifteenth century, have reaffirmed the religious vocation of this space.

Several artists from Braga took part in its construction, especially during the Baroque period, as the scenic feature of the staircase and the concept of pilgrimage site was accentuated in this time.

We also find it deeply linked to the name of the Archbishop D. Rodrigo de Moura Teles, which gave this building an architectural and iconographic unity, celebrating at the same time, its own power as a member of the church, by having his coat of arms above the main entrance gate. The construction works of the temple remained, however, until the nineteenth century, and even though the baroque language prevails throughout the space, there are multiple testimonies of the Rococo and Neoclassical styles.


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The Alto Minho

«...people from the Minho province are the best inhabitants of Portugal, both for their gentleness and friendliness, as well as for their jolliness; their dances and songs have already led a foreign author to compare them to the true shepherds of antiquity.»

in: Minho Pitoresco, 1887