Domus Municipalis, Guimaraes

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The Domus municipalis is a Romanesque building in the northeastern municipality of Bragança in Portugal. The exact function of this building, even after research completed in the 20th century, is still largely unknown: it could have served as cistern, but there are doubts if this was its primary function.HistoryA singular building of Romanesque civic architecture, it is an eloquent extension of the medieval prison tower that it juxtopositions. Its construction was, most likely, in the first half of the 13th century, coincident with the foundation of the cistern.In 1501, in the published writings of the Abbot of Baçal, the author referred to the local record of Martim Anes, who spoke of the construction of the Domus during his lifetime. In this account, Martin Anes stated that it was used as a meeting place for the "good men" of the municipality. By 1503, the Domus was remodelled to partition the hall into two divisions to formalize its use as municipal hall.Its designation, Domus Municipalis, actually dates back to the 19th century.Although the building was classified by the Instituto Português do Património Arquitectónico as a National Monument in 1910, by 1912, the building was in a state of degradation, without appropriate roof and used by squatters and the poor as shelter. Restoration of the building was completed in 1936 by the Direcção-Geral dos Edifícios e Monumentos Nacionais, or DGEMN . Similar restorations were undertaken in 1959 by the Serviços dos Monumentos Nacionais, before being taken over on 1 June 1992 by the IPPAR by decree 106F/92.
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  • The only surviving Romanesque civil building in the whole Iberian Peninsula. Though its function is still largely unknown, it was probably used as the meeting place for the council of the city. Located close to the castle it is not to be missed.
  • Great location. Fantastic breakfast. Rooms a bit dated but spacious and spotless clean!
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