Fodor's Expert Review Castelo de Guimarães

Guimarães Castle/Palace

This castle was built (or at least reconstructed from earlier remains) in the 11th century by Henry of Burgundy; his son, Afonso Henriques, was born within its great battlements and flanking towers. Standing high on a solid rock base above the town, the castle has been superbly preserved. A path leads down from its walls to the tiny Romanesque Capela de São Miguel, the chapel traditionally said to be where Afonso Henriques was baptized—in fact it was built well after his death, although the baptismal font may be older.

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Rua D. Teresa de Noronha
Guimarães, Braga  4810–245, Portugal


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