Monuments: Portugal was born here, but it also grew here.
Nowadays, the Guimarães Castle – ordered built by the Countess Mumadona Dias in the 10th century and continuously adapted in the following centuries – is a must see and, in its Watchtower, there is an interpretation centre.
Strolling through the place-of-arms, the wall-walk and the Watchtower is to dive in the History of Portugal.
Church of S. Miguel
Built in the first half of the 13th century (although it is still bound with the baptism of the 1st Portuguese King in the 12th century), it is a humble sanctuary with granitic naked walls. It is a church with the dimensions of a chapel but it is huge in terms of its symbolism!
From a few… to many!
It was firstly, in the 15th century, a grandiose Manor house, the household of Afonso and Constança, the Dukes of Bragança.
In the 16th and 17th centuries it was abandoned
In the 19th century it was a military barrack.
In the 20th century it was fully rebuilt.
In 1959 it was opened to public as a Museum and as an Official Residence of the Portuguese President.
Today, when you visit it – and there are almost 500,000 visitors per year – you will find some of the chambers inhabited by the Dukes of Bragança in the 15th century and you will be delighted by an art collection mostly from the 17th and 18th centuries.
We are sure you will be amazed with the monumentality of the chambers and the beauty of the art pieces.
We await you!