Castelo de Guimarães

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History buffs visiting Guimarães will want to head directly to the striking rectangular towers of this castle, which dominate the skyline for miles around. This imposing medieval structure was constructed in the 10th century to protect Guimarães from attacks by the Normans and the Moors and is known as the “Cradle of Portugal”.

Declared a national monument in 1910 and classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Gothic castle is now one of the most intriguing historic attractions in the city.

The first king of Portugal, Afonso Henriques, expanded it to its present size in the 12th century. The imposing stone walls form a pentagram that includes eight towers, a central keep and a military square. It was the official royal residence from 1139 until the 13th century.

Turn your thoughts to its long and complex past as you walk around the castle walls, then visit the quiet, tiny chapel of São Miguel – built in the Romanesque style.

Contacts & Details

Rua Conde Dom Henrique 4800-010 Guimarães

Sunday:

10:00 – 18:00

Monday:

10:00 – 18:00

Tuesday:

10:00 – 18:00

Wednesday:

10:00 – 18:00

Thursday:

10:00 – 18:00

Friday:

10:00 – 18:00

Saturday:

10:00 – 18:00