17 Best Things to Do in Guimaraes

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  • Guimaraes Castle
    Braganca Castle in Guimaraes

    Imposing 12th century castle built on the site of earlier fortifications. The castle was the official royal residence from 1139 until the 13th century. Now classified by UNESCO, as World Heritage


  • Palace of the Dukes of Braganza
    Palace of the Dukes of Braganza

    15th century residence of Afonso, Count of Barcelos, the future Dukes of Braganca. Now a National Monument, after years of ruin the palace has been restored to its former glory


  • Bom Jesus do Monte - Braga
    Bom Jesus do Monte - Braga
    Rafael G Fernandes

    The Santuário do Bom Jesus do Monte is located in Tenões, just outside Braga. It is apparently Portugal's most photographed church and there are a host of reasons for this.

    Perhaps the most obvious is the incredible Baroque stairway that leads up to the hilltop church. The hill is 116 metres (381 feet) high and there are in the region of 580 steps which zig-zag to the top. Work began in the early 1720s and to call it a stairway is not really doing it justice. As the stairs ascend the mount there are a number of landings, on each of these are grottoes, fountains, allegorical statues...


  • Sameiro Sanctuary - Braga
    Sameiro Sanctuary in Braga

    Late 19th-century domed church on the outskirts of Braga looking out over the Minho


  • Braga cathedral / Igreja da Sé de Braga.
    Braga cathedral or Igreja da Sé de Braga.
    P Ansaldi

    Built between 1070 and 1093 on the remains of a Roman temple the Sé has had many facelifts over the years. From it's Romanesque roots it has accumulated a mixture of  architectural styles encompassing Gothic, Baroque, Manueline and Renaissance.

    Inside the cathedral is a museum with a collection of relics.


  • Praça da República - Braga
    Praça da República
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    As with other squares of the same name, Praça da República (Republic Square) continues the Portuguese tradition of  being one of the most important public spaces in Braga. Located on the western side of the city's historic centre, it comes alive each day from mid-morning to late into the evening. During this time, it is filled with locals who come to enjoy a bite to eat in the cafes and restaurants that line the square, including Café Vianna and Café Astória, which have both been serving customers for around 150 years. Others simply come in the expectation of bumping into friends and...


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  • Palácio do Raio - Braga
    Palácio do Raio
    Jose Goncalves | BY-SA

    Braga's Raio Palace, or Palácio do Raio, was built in the 1750s as the private home of João Duarte de Faria. Although Faria had made considerable wealth as a merchant, he was also a knight of the Military Order of Christ - better known as the Knights Templar.

    The Raio Palace was constructed in the late Baroque style by André Soares, an architect who had already made a name for himself as a leading champion of the northern baroque school. His other works within the city include the town hall, Church of Congregados, and Arco da Porta...


  • Convento Dos Congregados
    Convento Dos Congregados church
    Jose Goncalves

    Work began on the Basilica of the Igreja dos Congregados in the early 18th century when baroque styling was all the rage. By the time it was finished in the 1960s rococo and neoclassical had been and gone. The result, all the same is a stunning church both inside and out.

    The church was designed by architect André Soares and features two bell towers. The façade also has two notable statues by sculptor Manuel Nogueira da Silva - these represent saints Filipe de Nery and Martinho de Dume and were the final part of the church to be completed in 1964.

    The interior of the basilica...


  • Medina Museum - Braga
    Medina Museum

    Archeological exhibits including Palaeolithic, Neolithic and Bronze age implements, Pre-historic and Luso-Roman pottery. Museum also features part of a Roman Villa in the original location.


  • Medina Museum - Braga
    Medina Museum

    Collection of works by artist Henrique Medina comprising of portraits, still life and landscapes


  • Igreja de São Paulo - Braga
    Igreja de São Paulo
    José Gonçalves

    The Igreja de São Paulo (St Paul) is a small, austere looking 16th-century church built by the Jesuits. By contrast, the interior is an explosion of lavish baroque


  • Igreja da Misericórdia - Braga
    Misericórdia church - Braga
    José Gonçalves | BY-SA

    This 16th century church is Braga's most important legacy of the renaissance period. It contains an impressive baroque carved altar


  • Archbishop
    Archbishop's Palace and Santa Barbara Garden
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    These small but attractive public gardens are located adjacent to the eastern wing of the 14th century Archbishop's Palace. The garden takes advantage of the historic backdrop and also incorporates the medieval arches that remain of an arcade from the palace. Laid out in the 1950s the garden was designed by Jose Cardoso da Silva in the Romantic style, in keeping with its surroundings.
    There are other features from the palace utilised throughout the geometric layout of the garden such as old statues, cornices and coats of arms. At the centre of the garden is a statue of Saint (Santa)...


  • Igreja de São Vicente - Braga
    Igreja de São Vicente (Saint Vincent Church)
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    Built in 1565 and restored in 1691, São Vicente sits on the site of a much earlier Visigoth church. As with many catholic churches the rather functional exterior does not betray the luxurious interior.


  • Archbishop
    Archbishop's Palace - Braga

    Set between the Santa Barbara garden and Praça do Municipio is the Archiepiscopal Court (Paço Arquiepiscopal), one of Braga's most significant historic buildings. The palace is in fact is a set of three interconnected buildings each with its own character reflecting the different styles and periods in which they were built.

    The oldest section of the building is the medieval Gothic style Eastern wing which looks out over the Santa Barbara Garden. This castellated granite section dates to the 14th and 15th centuries. Built during the time of archbishops Gonçalo Pereira and Fernando...




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