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    Penha

    by solopes Updated Apr 25, 2016

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    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 has great views over the city, a sanctuary, and it is accessible by a ferry cable.

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

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    Santiago square

    by solopes Updated Apr 25, 2016

    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, being very useful to tourists.

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    Consolação church

    by solopes Updated Apr 25, 2016

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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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    City Hall

    by solopes Updated Apr 25, 2016

    One of the most important buildings of Guimarães, St Clara Convent, built in the 16th century, is now used as City Hall, with the municipal archive occupying the former chapel. The magnificent gilded elements were transferred to Alberto Sampaio museum.

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    St Anthony Convent

    by solopes Updated Apr 25, 2016

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

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

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    Misericordia

    by solopes Updated Apr 25, 2016

    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.

    With the building 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 Apr 25, 2016

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    Known as Misericordia square when it was built (close to the church with the same name), 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 Apr 25, 2016

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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 (they say... I couldn't enter).

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    St. Miguel church of the castle

    by solopes Updated Apr 25, 2016

    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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    Salado memorial

    by solopes Updated Nov 13, 2015

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    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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    The castle

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Jun 24, 2015

    The Castle of Guimarães (Portuguese: Castelo de Guimarães), is the principal medieval castle in the municipality Guimarães, in the northern region of Portugal. It was ordered constructed by D. Mumadona Dias in the 10th century in order to defend its monastery from attacks by Moors and Norman.
    It is free of charge, but if I say the truth, I was dissapointed because inside it is empty.

    Address: downtown

    Directions: at a walking distance from the bus station.

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    Bragança's Palace

    by solopes Updated Mar 12, 2015

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    Close to the castle there's a palace built in the 14th in french style, as residence of Bragança family.

    Abandoned for long time, suffering degradation and looting, it was recovered in 1933 by decision of Salazar, under strong controversy. Today it is a museum.

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    Sanctuary Bom Jesus do Monte

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Sep 21, 2014

    In Braga caught a bus to Tenoes to visit the Sanctuary Bom Jesus do Monte. I first reached the church in a funicular and went down walking the steps stopping in its five fountains dedicated to the five senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch.

    Address: Not far from Braga

    Directions: Take the bus in Braga

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    Old City Hall

    by Oleg_D. Written Sep 20, 2014

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    Old city hall of Guimaraes is situated in front of the church of Our Lady of Olive Tree between the squares of Oliveira and Santiago. So, as you can see the City Hall is typical late medieval building standing on the elder arches probably built yet in XIV century. This building is one of the most recognizable hallmarks of Guimaraes.

    Address: Praca de Oliveira, Guimaraes

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    Remains of medieval fortifications

    by Oleg_D. Written Sep 20, 2014

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    Walking in Guimaraes, except the castle of San Mamede and Palace Castle of Dukes of Braganza, you can see everywhere tower and fragments of the wall built mostly in XIV century. Sometime you can meet them very suddenly.

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