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Discovering Portugal | Guimarães Castle

02.10.18, Ana Vieira
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After visiting the Ducal Palace (you can see the post here), I visited the Castle of Guimarães.

"The Guimarães Castle is widely recognized as the closest one to the origins of Portugal and it presents a surprising infrastructure on many levels. First of all due to its origins, which are singularly unclear. It is safe to say that we are dealing with a count’s edifice, the fruit of the charismatic Countess of Portucale Mumadona. As the castle is not mentioned in a detailed document, dated of 950, that divided goods between the Countess and her children, we can conclude that, at that time, it did not yet exist. But by the end of that year, the castle is mentioned in a donation to the Guimarães Monastery. Hence it is recognized as of count’s foundation in the second half of the 10th century. Countess Mumadona herself declared, in a parchment dated of 968, that she had the castle built in order to protect the previously mentioned Monastery against “Gentile” attacks (referring probably to the Normans)." (source)

In the Castle, there is an exhibition in the tower, which I confess I have not visited. The best part of this visit was, for me, to appreciate the landscapes. I leave you with some photographs that I took. Hope you like it!

Depois de visitar o Paço dos Duques de Bragança (podem ver o post aqui), fui até ao Castelo de Guimarães.

"No século X, após ter enviuvado do Conde Hermenegildo (ou Mendo) Gonçalves, a Condessa Mumadona Dias assume o governo do Condado Portucalense e toma duas medidas de grande importância: funda, na parte baixa de Guimarães, o Mosteiro de Santa Maria (por volta do ano de 950) e, na parte alta, um castelo, o denominado Castelo de S. Mamede (entre os anos 950 e 957). A construção deste castelo foi necessária para defender o Mosteiro recém edificado e as populações que, entretanto, se foram fixando junto a estas duas construções. A construção deste Castelo foi igualmente, uma forma de afirmar o seu poder perante os demais senhores feudais." (fonte)


No Castelo, há uma exposição na torre de menagem, que confesso que não visitei. A melhor parte desta visita foi, para mim, poder apreciar a paisagem. Deixo-vos com algumas fotografias que tirei. Espero que gostem!

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