The Portuguese city of Guimarães is often heralded as where “Portugal was born”, thanks to a wealth of history. From the beautiful palace to the commanding castle, it’s no wonder that Guimaraes was selected to host the European Capital of Culture in 2012. Located in the northern district of Braga, the Historic Centre of Guimarães is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Explore Guimarães Castle
The imposing Guimarães Castle is at the very heart of the city and was constructed in the 10th century. Built by order from Dona Mumadona Dias, the castle was to defend the city against attacks from both the Normans and Muslims over the centuries. Originally known as the São Mamede Castle by Mumadona, the castle is most notable as it is fully intact, a rare feat indeed considering the battles it has seen over the centuries. The first king to reside here was Afonso Henriques who took victory at the Battle of São Mamede. The castle is one of the most important structures in Portugal and is listed with UNESCO
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