Paco dos Duques de Braganca, Guimaraes

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A living reminder of Portugal's colorful past, the atmospheric Paco dos Duques de Braganca sits in the historical center of a World Heritage Site town. Built in the 1420s, the castle originally served as the official residence of Afonso of Braganca, the illegitimate son of King John I. The ambitious Afonso became the patriarch of a powerful dynasty, and his descendants eventually served as kings of Portugal and emperors of Brazil. Encircled by park land, his palace represents one of the finest examples of late-medieval architecture favored by Portuguese nobility during the 15th century. Be sure to visit the first-floor museum, housing a collection of tapestries, porcelains, paintings, and furniture from the 17th and 18th centuries. Plan to visit Paco dos Duques de Braganca during your Guimaraes vacation using our convenient Guimaraes trip planner .
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  • This is the kind of attraction that children and even adults like ... feel in an environment, where they lived. Helps take some questions and to enrich the knowledge of the history of Portugal.
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  • We went to paco and bought the entry for paco, the Castle and the Museum Sampaio. Paco is very well restored and many rooms you can visit. We enjoyed the visit. Paco is very beautiful on the inside and you can take good pictures.
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  • I still think a recovery of this beautiful Palace. Several researches made and still find that your architecture, for the recovery/reconstruction was something fancy. Either way it's pretty symbolic
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As one of Portugal's biggest tourist cities and home to a wealth of historical buildings and other sites, Guimaraes boasts a wide array of options for accommodations ranging from extensive boutique hotels to basic youth hostels. To place yourself right in the midst of the action, check into a hotel or guesthouse in the town's medieval center, which reflects a multitude of different architectural styles that have earned it a place on the World Heritage List. Note, however, that with this popularity comes a higher pricetag. To keep costs down, try staying in the residential areas south of the center, which still provide quick access by foot or public transportation to the main sights.
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