Castle of Guimarães
Location 41.447889 | -8.290334
Conde d. Henrique 4800-412 Guimarães, Braga
Useful Information
Opening daysFrom Tuesday to Sunday
Price3 €-Adults
1.5 €-Greatest 65 years
Children under 12 do not pay
In the XX century after being widowed of the Conde Hermenegildo (or Mendo)Gonçalves, the Countess Mumadona Dias, assumes the Portuguese County and takestwo very important measures, on the lower part of Guimarães, the St. MaryMonastery (around the year 950) and, at the high part, a castle, called S.MamedeCastle (between the years 950 and 957).
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The construction of this castle was necessary to defend the newly built monastery, andthe people that, meanwhile, were setting next to these two buildings. The constructionof this Castle was also a way of asserting his power before the other feudal lords.A certificate that marks the delivery of the Castle of S.Mamede Castle to theGuimarães Monastery, on 4 December, 968, is the first known reference to thisfortification.
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    Getting there:
    Access by Highway: A3 (Porto), with exit in Famalicão or Santo Tirso A7 until
    Guimarães (see map)
    A28, A7

    Other information:
    Tourist offices in the Guimarães City Hall in the Praça of Santiago
    tel. 253 518 750.
    Parking: on the street Conde D. Henrique and car park of the Largo da Mamadona (paid park) and Campo de S. Mamede, except on Fridays (free parking).

    Every day from 09h00 to 18h00. Closed on the following holidays: January 1, Easter Sunday, May 1st and December 25th.

    Free visit