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. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Guimaraes holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Guimaraes Castle and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • In this castle was born D. Afonso Henriques, who led the conquest of the territory to the Moors/Arabs, which would become the country Portugal. Séc chronology. 10, 2nd half-by the death of Count Hermenegildo Gonçalves, the property of Vimaranes, today Guimarães, passes to the possession of his daughter Oneca; The Countess Mumadona Dias, her widow, exchanges with her daughter, Oneca, the property of Creiximir, with that of Vimaranes, ordering to build a monastery, situated in what is today the Collegiate church and Nossa Senhora da Oliveira (v. PT010308340007); To defend the religious of his monastery, is built the castle * 3; 968, 4 December-the Codicilar document, in which the Countess refers to this castle, then designated by São Mamede, as being already built, for the defense of the friars and nuns of its monastery, against the "Gentio", making its donation to the same monastery; Century. 10, final-the firstborn son of the Countess, Gonçalo Mendes, takes possession of the land, after the death of his mother, always respecting his will, with regard to the rights granted to the monasteries; Gonçalo Muniuz, son of Múnio, fourth son of the Countess, tries to seize the village and the castle, failing due to the opposition of Sue Uncle Gonçalo, head of the family; Ordonho, the son of Ramiro, the third son of the Countess, takes over the castle and the Burg, yielding them later to his daughter Mumadona, married to Fernando Gondemariz; The Burg and the castle are sold to Mumadona's sister, of her name Gontrode Ordonhes, married to Ermegildo Mendes; 1045-Gontrode donates to the monastery, everything that belonged to him before; Century. 11, final-remodeling and enlargement of the castle, at the behest of Count D. Henrique, for his residence. The traces of this construction phase are located in the entrance area, consisting of 5 spun of large sills, isodomas, defining an arched wall with pronounced hot shoe, which should be part of an advanced bastion between outcrops granitic, integrated in a castle with a walled courtyard; 1111-born D. Afonso Henriques, passing his childhood in the castle, residence of the Counts of Portucale; 1128-Battle of São Mamede, held in the field of the same name, giving rise to the independence and foundation of nationality;
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  • A large castle, very well preserved and imposing, consists of a square male and eight crenellated towers and was intended to defend the monastery of St. Mary from the attacks of the Moors and Normans. Unfortunately we only saw it from the outside.
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  • An impressive look from outside and inside. Beautiful view of the town and the castle grounds. However, the history of the castle is not detailed and the exhibit are not very interesting ( a signed football t-shirt is not very appropriate ), it focuses on a few historical events of the town. I recommend buying a double ticket with visit of this castle and the duke's, affordable and educative.
  • Good view from battlements. Small museum was a little heavy going (lots of info) Main view from Tower was closed for our visit. Good value for small entry fee. One of the oldest castles in Europe.
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