Castle of Guimarães
In the 10th century, after the death of her husband Count Hermenegildo, Countess Mumadona Dias takes charge of the Portucalense County and orders the building of the Monastery of Santa Maria in the lower part of the city.
In order to protect the monks and the Christian community that lived around the area from the constant attacks by the Moors and the Normans, the city builds the Castle of Guimarães.
In the 12th century, the Portucalense County is well developed. The Count D. Henrique and D. Teresa start living in Guimarães and carrying out major works to enlarge and make the castle stronger. Tradition says that the castle became their official residence and was the place where D. Afonso Henriques was born.
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Schedules and Other Informations
The Palace of the Dukes of Braganza is part of a Monumental complex which includes, besides Guimarães Castle, the Church of S. Miguel and Monte Latito (Gardens).
Guimarães Castle, Palace of the Dukes of Bragança, and S. Miguel Church
every day from 10am to 6pm. Latest admission: 5:30 pm
Closed on January 1st, Easter Sunday, May 1st and December 25th.
How to get to the Palace of Guimarães
If you have not scheduled your route to Guimarães, here is how to get to the city.
If you arrive by car you can park at Conde D. Henrique Street and Largo da Condessa Mumadona car park (paid parking) and Campo de S. Mamede, except on Fridays (free parking).
GPS Coordinates: 41º26'47'' N; 08º17'28''
If you arrive by bus you can visit the main monuments on foot, at a distance of 1.5 km from the bus station.
If arriving by train, the station is just a 20-minute walk from the historic center, where you will find Guimarães Castle. See below for the route.