"Guimaraes - Portugal born here UNESCO SITE" Portugal Things to Do Tip by salinhopt

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  Portugal - Guimaraes Castle
by salinhopt

Celebrated as the cradle of the Portuguese nation, Guimaraes played an important role in many of the events that led to the country's independence and witnessed the birth of Afonso Henriques I. When he proclaimed himself Portugal's first king in 1139, he chose Guimaraes as his capital, and the distinctive outline of its proud castle appears on the Portuguese coat of arms. It was elevated to city status by Queen Maria II in 1853.

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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