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Guimaraes Castle, Guimaraes

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Get a feel for feudal Portugal at the 10th century Guimaraes Castle. Originally constructed by the Countess of Portugal, Mumadona Dias, to protect the area from invading Moors and Normans, the castle has long been associated with the roots of the Portuguese nation. D. Afonso Henriques, the founder and first King of Portugal, was born here in 1111. Walk within the square keep of the castle and around the central tower. Entrance is free, but much of the castle is barricaded and cannot be entered. In the courtyard you'll find local falconers who keep falcons and owls and will allow them to perch on your arm for a small fee. Before you head to Guimaraes, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Guimaraes trip itinerary planner, to make sure you see all that Guimaraes has to offer, including Guimaraes Castle.
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  • Really nice to meet the Castle and Palace of the Duke. Behind the castle is a pretty big parking lot, has no cost. Best was walking through the city of Guimarães. Walk in the alleys and squares. Historic city. It was worth getting to know. ...
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  • Here you can discover a little more about the start of the Portuguese Nation. This is the castle of the First Portuguese King  more »
  • The Castle, seen out of your historical context, while military structure or architecture, your naked meaning, is at most a modest monument, something Spartan. Not only for your small size, as for your simplicity of lines and stroke. Here we also dissociate that we are talking about a walking monument to a millennium of existence. I admit that a foreign tourist don't get particularly impressed to visit him. However, for any Portuguese, with more or less patriotic feeling, will, I believe, absolutely impossible, didn't feel a chill down your spine, on sight, and then transpose its gates and breathe your air. For those who do not is a connoisseur of the history of Portugal, is installed in the Tower of homage, an interesting chronological exhibit, distributed by two floors, light properly like if you ask something you see in passing. Absolutely required, in my view, for any citizen of this country. Should be part of the curriculum of our children. Maybe they thought the story something so boring.
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  • Atmospheric archetypical castle. Small but pretty, make sure to take a stroll also around the very outside of the walls . You can climb up into the battlements and into the central tower. Unfortunately you can see the nice exhibit inside the 3 story tower interior (but Portuguese only), but you can't climb all the way into the roof of the central tower, seems to be closed for safety reasons. But all the other wall towers you can climb to.
  • Portugal's Cradle, where the country was founded. Very well preserved externally. Kinda hollow inside as everything not stone vanished (as would be expected for a 1000+ year old castle) The interior tower is accessible and we'll preserved, with a very well structured exhibition inside explaining how Portugal came to be.
  • Must see in Guimaraes. 2eur pet person to get in. Small museum inside
  • Evocative castle with enough standing to bring home what castles are really like. Well preserved and restored. Enjoyed the visit
  • Very nice castle, well preserved. A must see