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  • 1 Historic centre Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Praça de San Tiago P - 4810 Guimarães

    This district, which has retained its originality, lends itself to idle strolls through the large avenues and maze of streets linking squares bordered by old houses.

  • 2 Castelo Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P - 4810 Guimarães

    The keep, which is 28m high, was built in the 10C by Countess Mumadoma to protect the monastery and the surrounding town. The castle was later built by Henry of Burgundy strengthened in the 15C. The keep is surrounded by 7 towers, built on rocky outc..

  • 3 Paço dos Duques de Bragança Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    R. D. Teresa de Noronha P - 4810 Guimarães

    This palace was built in the early 15C by the first duke of Bragança, Afonso, the natural son of King João I. Particularly noticeable is the strong Burgundian influence, especially the roofs and the unusual look of the 39 tall brick chimneys. This wa..

  • 4 Praça de San Tiago Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Praça de San Tiago P - 4810 Guimarães

    This square, bordered by old corbelled houses surmounted by a wide canopy of roofs, has a medieval charm.

  • 5 Trofa Interesting

    Towns and villages

    N101 P - 4810 Guimarães

    This is a small town where the women work with thread and lace. In the olden days, when they were allowed, they set up their stalls and exhibited their wares at the roadside (tablecloths and place mats).

  • 6 Alberto Sampaio Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    R. Alfredo Guimarães P - Guimarães

    Located in the convent of Our Lady of the Olive Tree, this museum was revamped in 2004. The 13C Romanesque cloister has some interesting capitals and the chapter house has a fine 18C coffered ceiling. Other rooms feature a 16C Manueline cross in work..

  • 7 Castle hill

    Nature and gardens

    R. de D. Teresa P - 4810 Guimarães

    The hill of the castle includes the keep where you have an extensive view over the town, São Miguel do Castelo, a small 12C Renaissance church and the palace of the dukes of Bragança which was built in the early 15C.

  • 8 São Miguel do Castelo church

    Religious buildings

    R. de D. Teresa P - 4810 Guimarães

    This small 12C Romanesque church contains baptismal fonts, at which Afonso Henriques is said to have been baptized. You will also notice numerous funerary stones.

  • 9 Convento Nossa Senhora da Oliveira

    Religious buildings

    L.go da Oliveira P - 4810 Guimarães

    This convent was founded in the 10C by Countess Mumadona. Several buildings have been erected on this site. All that remains of the Gothic collegiate church today is a Roman period capitulary hall and cloister. This building accommodates the Alberto ..

  • 10 Antigos Paços do Concelho

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    L.go da Oliveira P - 4810 Guimarães

    Facing the collegiate church, the former town is a 16C Manueline structure, the ground floor of which is comprised of a gallery with ribbed 14C arches. It contains a small museum of naïve art. The buildings of the pousada da Oliveira are located near..

  • 11 Rua de Santa Maria

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    R. de Santa Maria P - 4810 Guimarães

    This street follows the outline of a former way that linked the convent, which was founded by the Countess Mumadona to the castle. It is well worth visiting to see the 14 and 15C houses with their wrought iron railings and their finely-worked granite..

  • 12 Largo do Toural

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Largo do Toural P - 4810 Guimarães

    This is a picturesque square with curious undulating paving and a classical urban feel. It is bordered by old houses with sloping roofs, with immense windows and beautiful wrought iron railings.

  • 13 Martins Sarmento Museum

    Museums and art

    R. de Paio Galvão P - 4810 Guimarães

    This museum, part of which is set up in the Gothic cloister of São Domingos, has many archaeological pieces which were found in the pre-Roman towns of Sabroso and Briteiros.

  • 14 Church São Francisco

    Religious buildings

    Largo de São Francisco P - 4810 Guimarães

    This church, built in the 15C, was modified in the 17C. Only the portal and chevet has preserved their original Gothic character. A Baroque gilt wood altar is decorated with 18C azulejos. The sacristy has an attractive coffered ceiling decorated with..

  • 15 Penha

    Nature and gardens

    Largo das Hortas P - 4810 Guimarães

    Penha is located at the summit of the Serra Santa Catarina. The cable cars pass over a forest of pine, mimosa and eucalyptus trees. Then, as you go up, the vegetation turns into enormous blocks of granite, which have been polished by erosion. The des..

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