Guimarães Things to Do

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    The Castle

    by solopes Updated Jan 7, 2014

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    It's a landmark to any Portuguese, since it was the cradle of our nationality.

    In the first visit I saw it fom outside, and it was all.

    A second visit! Once again without time to enter, but with enough time to take a decent picture. Or two...

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    Penha

    by solopes Updated Dec 27, 2013
    Guimar��es - Portugal

    Forget the church - I wrote about it in another tip. The important detail is the church in the horizon, atop the hill. I didn't go there - it is a good pretext for a new visit - but I know that it was great views over the city, a sanctuary, and it is accessible by a ferry cable.

    Yes... I let it for the next visit!

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    Salado memorial

    by solopes Updated Dec 27, 2013
    Guimar��es - Portugal

    In 1340 was fought in Salado, near Tarifa, in Spain, the decisive battle where the christian kings of the Spanish kingdoms and Portugal defeated the moors from Granada and Morocco. To celebrate this victory the Portuguese king Afonso IV erected this memorial. It's quite uncommon, a non-religious memorial in the 14th century, and it's nice to see that... it was preserved.

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    Santiago square

    by solopes Updated Dec 27, 2013
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    Adjacent to Oliveira square (you just have to pass under the arches) this wonderful square is the best place to appreciate the traditional architecture of the city.

    The balconies are lovely, and the esplanades, though out of context, don't spoil the general look and are useful to tourists.

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    Consolação church

    by solopes Updated Dec 27, 2013

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    Locally known as St Gualter church, this elegant church is located topping a beautiful garden, close to the historic centre. It was built in the 18th century, with the two high spires added in the middle of the 19th.

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    St Anthony Convent

    by solopes Updated Dec 27, 2013
    Guimar��es - Portugal

    Built in the 17th century as a convent, this monument suffered in the 19th serious transformations, to be used as hospital.

    With a great mixture of styles, the original church and cloisters still stand.

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    Misericordia

    by solopes Updated Dec 27, 2013
    Misericordia - Guimar��es

    Since the 15Th century most portuguese cities have their "misericordia" a religious organization dedicated to help poor and sick people. In Guimarães there's a funny coincidence - Portugal was born in Guimarães, lost the independence to Spanish in 1580, and recovered it in 1640, the year when Misericordia church was finished.

    Classified as a national monument, that doesn't affect the organization, that keeps working with the same objectives of almost 500 years ago.

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    João Franco square

    by solopes Updated Dec 27, 2013

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    Known as Misericordia square when it was built, at the end of the 17Th century, this square didn't change much with time, despite the adding of some modern details, as the granite fountain built in 1820.

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    Carmo convent

    by solopes Updated Dec 27, 2013

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    Located in Martins Sarmento square, this old convent is now used by the nons of "Religiosas do Amor de Deus" as a home for girls.The church has a Baroque facade, and, inside, is covered with tiles.

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    St. Miguel church of the castle

    by solopes Updated Dec 27, 2013
    Guimar��es - Portugal

    Tradition says that this romanic chapel, located by the castle was the place where our first king - Afonso Henriques - was baptized. Well...

    The chapel was built in the 13th century, while the king was born in 1109. Maybe the sink that still is in the chapel was the real one, but... that's up to you.

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    Nossa Senhora da Oliveira Church

    by Oleg_D. Updated Oct 28, 2013

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    The Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Oliveira or Church of Our Lady of Olive Tree dates from the end of the 14th century and was designed by the master builder Garcia de Toledo. Its building was commissioned by the king Dom João I in fulfillment of a vow that he had made to the Virgin Mary in gratitude for his victory at the Battle of Aljubarrota fought on August 14, 1385.
    It was one of most incredible victories in the human history.
    The tower was built up to the church and in 1513, later it was rebuilt by the Prior Dom Diogo Pinheiro and that tower became the burial chapel of his parents. At the end of the XVII th century, Dom Pedro II ordered the chancel to be enlarged and his royal coat of arms can be seen on its vaulted ceiling.
    High altarpiece dating from the second half of the XVIII th century. The XVII th-century choir stalls with their neo-classical backs and the silver altar of the Capela do Santíssimo Sacramento (Chapel of the Holy Sacrament) are also noteworthy.

    Visitors are allowed to take non commercial photos without flash light and tripod.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated.

    Open 08:30-12:00 and 15:30-19:30

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    Nossa Senhora da Oliveira Church. Interior

    by Oleg_D. Updated Oct 28, 2013

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    The Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Oliveira or Church of Our Lady of Olive Tree dates from the end of the 14th century and was designed by the master builder Garcia de Toledo. Its building was commissioned by the king Dom João I in fulfillment of a vow that he had made to the Virgin Mary in gratitude for his victory at the Battle of Aljubarrota fought on August 14, 1385.
    It was one of most incredible victories in the human history.
    The tower was built up to the church and in 1513, later it was rebuilt by the Prior Dom Diogo Pinheiro and that tower became the burial chapel of his parents. At the end of the XVII th century, Dom Pedro II ordered the chancel to be enlarged and his royal coat of arms can be seen on its vaulted ceiling.
    High altarpiece dating from the second half of the XVIII th century. The XVII th-century choir stalls with their neo-classical backs and the silver altar of the Capela do Santíssimo Sacramento (Chapel of the Holy Sacrament) are also noteworthy.

    Visitors are allowed to take non commercial photos without flash light and tripod.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated.

    Open 08:30-12:00 and 15:30-19:30

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    The Castle of San Mamede.

    by Oleg_D. Updated Oct 25, 2013

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    The Dowager Countess Mumadona Dias when she assumed the government of the Portucalense County decided to build a castle just to have the stronghold capable to defend the city and shelter the local population. That was built by the Countess between 950 and 957 A.D. and become known as the Castle of San Mamede.
    This castle is very similar to typical Norman castles with the strong and high keep covered with the curtain wall.
    Ducal Palace of the Bragança, Guimarães (San Mamede) Castle and Church of S. Miguel are open:
    From Monday to Sunday, from 10 AM to 6 PM
    Last admission: 5.30 PM
    Closes on the following national holidays:
    January 1, Easter Sunday, May 1 and December 25

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    Normal fee: 1,50€
    Free entrances
    Sundays and national holidays before 2 PM
    Children under 14 years old
    Members of APOM/ICOM
    Unemployed people (an identification document must be presented)

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    The Castle of San Mamede, the keep.

    by Oleg_D. Updated Oct 25, 2013

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    The Castle of San Mamede.

    The Dowager Countess Mumadona Dias when she assumed the government of the Portucalense County decided to build a castle just to have the stronghold capable to defend the city and shelter the local population. That was built by the Countess between 950 and 957 A.D. and become known as the Castle of San Mamede.
    This castle is very similar to typical Norman castles with the strong and high keep covered with the curtain wall.
    Ducal Palace of the Bragança, Guimarães (San Mamede) Castle and Church of S. Miguel are open:
    From Monday to Sunday, from 10 AM to 6 PM
    Last admission: 5.30 PM
    Closes on the following national holidays:
    January 1, Easter Sunday, May 1 and December 25

    Keep
    Normal fee: 1,50€
    Free entrances
    Sundays and national holidays before 2 PM
    Children under 14 years old
    Members of APOM/ICOM
    Unemployed people (an identification document must be presented)

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    Inside the Castle of San Mamede.

    by Oleg_D. Updated Oct 25, 2013

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    The Dowager Countess Mumadona Dias when she assumed the government of the Portucalense County decided to build a castle just to have the stronghold capable to defend the city and shelter the local population. That was built by the Countess between 950 and 957 A.D. and become known as the Castle of San Mamede.
    This castle is very similar to typical Norman castles with the strong and high keep covered with the curtain wall.
    Ducal Palace of the Bragança, Guimarães (San Mamede) Castle and Church of S. Miguel are open:
    From Monday to Sunday, from 10 AM to 6 PM
    Last admission: 5.30 PM
    Closes on the following national holidays:
    January 1, Easter Sunday, May 1 and December 25

    Keep
    Normal fee: 1,50€

    Free entrances
    Sundays and national holidays before 2 PM
    Children under 14 years old
    Members of APOM/ICOM
    Unemployed people (an identification document must be presented)

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