Paço dos Duques de Bragança

Monument & Heritage Check location

The Dukes of Bragança were known for their incredible wealth and the way they promoted the artistic, urban and economic development of the village. The Palace of the Dukes of Bragança is a stunning surviving remnant of this period in history. The palace is very close to the Castelo de Guimarães, so both can be visited within a day.

Construction on the palace began between the years 1420 and 1422, initiated by Afonso Count of Barcelos. He was the illegitimate offspring of John I of Portugal and eventually became the Duke of Bragança.

His family occupied this palace until they moved to Vila Viçosa in the 16th century. A charming and well preserved palace built in the Burgundian Romanesque style, it fell into disrepair for many years and was lovingly restored when it was given the title of National Monument in 1910.

As you walk through the elaborately decorated rooms of this spectacular medieval estate with their intricately patterned ceilings, long tables and woven tapestries depicting long-ago battles you will feel like you have been transported back in time.

Contacts & Details

Rua Conde Dom Henrique 4800-412 Guimarães