"Birthplace of Portugal" Guimarães by nhcram
Guimarães Travel Guide: 168 reviews and 544 photos
Guimaraes is considered the original birthplace of Portugal and it was here in 1139 that King Alfonso proclaimed himself king of Portugal and he chose this town as his capital. In December 2001 Guilmaraes was granted a UNESCO world heritage site.
I actually preferred this town to nearby Braga. It is more relaxed and had a much friendlier feel to it.
There is a lovely town square with typical Portugese houses surrounding it.
The Carmo fountain is in three tiers and was constructed in 1583 by Mestre Goncalo Lopes. It originally stood in the... more travel advice
Built in the 18th century. Not one of the prettiest churches I have seen in portugal. Building finished at the begining... more travel advice
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