Palace of the Dukes of Braganza

Guimarães, Portugal

The Palace of the Dukes of Braganza (Paço dos Duques de Bragança) is a medieval estate and former residence of the first Dukes of Braganza, located in the historical centre of Guimarães, in the north-western part of Portugal.

It was initiated between 1420 and 1422 by Afonso, Count of Barcelos, the illegitimate son of John I of Portugal (and future Duke of Bragança), after his marriage to his second wife. His prodigeny would occupy the space until the Dukes of Braganza moved to Vila Viçosa, abandoning the palace. The 16th Century marked the beginning of period of ruin, which was aggravated during the 19th century, when the local population used the palace as a personal quarry. During the Estado Novo regime, a controversial restoration restored the Palace, while implying a grandeur that may not have existed. 

 

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Founded: 1420-1422
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Portugal

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Andrew Long (3 years ago)
Impressive granite Palace which you can buy a combined ticket to also see castle for €6. Rooms are well laid out and overall quality of building maintenance is good. Building has lifts so it's totally disabled friendly. Could do with a tea room.
Adele Jungling (3 years ago)
Beautiful tree works and sculptures. Good energy. Nice chapel
Stanisław T (3 years ago)
The palace is beautiful. Especially the chapel. In my opinion the castle itself is not a must see. I’d definitely advise to stroll around the general area of those establishments.
Loli (3 years ago)
Worth visiting. The town is also pleasant to walk around.
Kasper Geeroms (3 years ago)
Fantastic palace. The chimneys make the building’s silhouette unique and interesting. The expo inside is a bit on the short side.
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