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  • 1 Paço ducal Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    R. Dr. Couto Jardim

    The Palace of the Dukes looks down on a square which has in the centre a statue of João IV. It was the fourth Duke D. Jaime I who undertook in 1501, the construction of this palace. Its interior has been set up as a museum. The stairwell which leads ..

  • 2 Carriage Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Entrée par la Porta dos Nós

    Forming part of the National Carriage Museum (the main collection is in Lisbon), over 70 different types of wheeled horse-drawn transport from the 18C to the 20C are displayed in four buildings, including the Royal Stables, built for Joseph I in 1752..

  • 3 Porta dos Nos Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    R. Dr. Couto Jardim

    The house of the Bragança stands proud. Its motto was "Despois vos, nos" (After you, us).

  • 4 Convento dos Agostinhos

    Religious buildings


    The church which stands to the east of the Palace square is the necropolis of the Dukes of Bragança. It was rebuilt in the 17C by the future João IV.

  • 5 Antigo Convento das Chagas

    Religious buildings

    Rua Dr. Couto Jardim

    Founded by Joana de Mendonça, second wife of the Duke D. Jaime I, the old Convent of the Wounds is located to the south of the Palace square. the church, with its walls covered in azulejos from 1626, serves as the necropolis for the Duchesses of Brag..

  • 6 Vila Viçosa's old town

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The castle and the ramparts built at the end of 13C by King Dinis, were reinforced by bastions in the 17C. The crenellated walls, flanked by towers, still encircle an old town. You enter through a door cut into the wall. The alleys are bordered by wh..

  • 7 Castle

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The oldest parts date from the 13C, but the castle was remodelled later. It is surrounded by deep ditches. When you visit, you will pass through the underground parts of the early building. On the first floor, an archaeological museum has been set up..

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