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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  • This castle is associated with the birth of the Kingdom of Portugal. It's well worth a visit and the wall walk gives great views of the area. There's a chapel which is thought to be the oldest in... 
    This castle is associated with the birth of the Kingdom of Portugal. It's well worth a visit and the wall walk gives great views of the area. There's a chapel which is thought to be the oldest in...  more »
  • An impressive example of ancient military fortification, the keep towers above the outer walls and would have been hard to penetrate. A walk around the walls is assisted by wooden stairs and... 
    An impressive example of ancient military fortification, the keep towers above the outer walls and would have been hard to penetrate. A walk around the walls is assisted by wooden stairs and...  more »
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  • Interesting piece of history however not much is open. You can walk around the grounds of the castle in about 5-10 minutes. There is no signage or exhibits to view. I hope this area is improved in the future as it would greatly benefit from this and has an interesting story behind it
  • It presents a really varied collection of items, but some of them aren't labeled. It's hard to spot and kind of far away for what it is. The best time to go is in the afternoon because its empty and you can take your time and really see everything. Good prices too, if you're a student.

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