Bom Jesus de Braga saw its candidature for World Heritage of Humanity (UNESCO) yesterday when it received,in a meeting with D.Jorge Ortiga, Archbishop Primate of Braga, the support of the National Team through its captain Cristiano Ronaldo, the national coach Fernando Santos, and the leaders of the Portuguese Football Federation Humberto Coelho and João Vieira Pinto.
“Having the support of all the Selection of Portuguese Football Federation has a great significance, so the selection means, for being a representation of Portugal and the fact that football and players become ambassadors of this cause”, said Archbishop Primaz de Braga, D. Jorge Ortiga. Under the managment of the Bom Jesus Confraternity, the sanctuary has more than 600 years of history and witnesses several moments in the history of the city of Braga.
The Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte consists of an architectural and landscaped complex that includes a church, a staircase where it develops the via-sacra, a forest with 55 hectares, several hotels and the oldest hydraulic funicular in Europe, 132 years old.
“Despite the religious character, Bom Jesus has a patrimonial part that makes it also an ex libris of the city of Braga, which makes this application a way of supporting Braga and Minho”, recalls D.Jorge Ortiga.
The candidature for World Heritage of Humanity (Unesco) was presented in November 2013 and, since then, Confraria do Bom Jesus has been promoting various activities to promote the candidacy, gathering various supports and reinforcing the importance of unanimity of Bom Jesus.