Palace of the Dukes of Braganza
Just a few steps from the Castle of Guimarães, you will find the Palaces of the Dukes of Braganza.
This majestic royal residence, which is also a national heritage, was built in the 15th century by D. Afonso (1st Duke of the House of Braganza and 8th Count of Barcelos), which will later become the Duke of Braganza. It served as a residence for D. Afonso himself and his second wife, D. Constança de Noronha. This robust construction features unique architectural characteristics. The highlights are the stunning cylindrical chimneys, which provide clear evidence that their construction was influenced by Northern European architecture.
The collections feature many important pieces, such as the Pastrana tapestries, which narrate some of the Portuguese discoveries; the Flemish tapestries, well known for their colors layout and impressive disposition of shadows; a group of furniture sets from the post-discovery period; a great collection of porcelains from the Portuguese East India Company, as well as pieces from Portuguese factories from previous centuries; and a collection of armament covering the period from the 15th to the 19th centuries.
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The Palace of the Dukes of Bragança is part of a Monumental complex which includes, besides Guimarães Castle, the Church of S. Miguel and Monte Latito (Gardens)
Palace of the Dukes of Bragança, Guimarães Castle and S. Miguel Church
Every day from 10am to 6pm
Latest admission: 5:30pm
Closed on January 1st, Easter Sunday, May 1st and December 25th.
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 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 Paços dos Duques de Bragança. See below for the route.