Sep 22, 2010

Manu eN eL castiLLo...

: )

Guimarães city, Portugal, Sept. 2010


:) Oh .. no, it's not dark.... :)


As you can't fail to notice when visiting Guimaraes this was where the Portuguese kingdom is said to have been created. The first king of Portugal, Afonso Henriques, was born in Guimaraes in 1110 and he later launched the main Reconquista against the Moors from Guimaraes.
As is befitting such grand claims the medieval centre of the city is choc full of historic buildings and cobbled squares that apart from the brightly coloured cafe brollies gives you an idea of what these medieval streets would have been like to live in. Unsurprisingly the historic town has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the examples of architecture ranging from the 15th to the 19th centuries that consistently uses traditional Portuguese building materials and techniques.
The old town is northeast of the modern city of Guimaraes. Most of the tourist sights are within a demarcated tourist zone that stretches from Guimaraes Castle in the north on the hill and then south in a cluster of cobbled streets and squares.

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The center -- UNESCO site



Manu se fué de vaca... vaya que manita!!!!



















                                                                          I adore this!!! >:~)





Duques de Bragança Palace





    >:-) ... Stained glass 4 Manu.... 




The entrance door.....huge wood door!!! :)
                                                         I adore this!!! >:~)


Trabalho de Vieira da Silva...Vê-se bem pelo estilo, verdade?? Adoro! :)


The big draw of the city tends to be up on the hill where Guimaraes Castle (Castelo de Guimaraes) and the Palace of the Dukes of Braganca (Paco dos Duques de Braganca) are located. The seven towered castle has a fantastic strategic viewpoint overlooking Guimaraes and the hilly, terraced countryside around. Built in around 1100 it is still amazingly intact. This is one of the most fun places where you scramble all over the ramparts (not fenced so watch your children closely!) and imagine what it was like to be defending the town. It is open Jul-Sep 9.30 am-5 pm, Oct-Jun 9.30 am-12.30 pm and 2-5 pm. Admission is free on Sunday mornings.

Between the castle and the Palace of the Dukes of Braganca is the diminutive Romanesque St Miguel Chapel (Capela de Sao Miguel). This is where it is supposed Afonso Henriques was baptised. Under the floor are graves of some of his comrades in arms marked by crosses, spears and shields.





Inside the Palace.



The castle






  Portugal Early History
As you can't fail to notice when visiting Guimaraes this was where the Portuguese kingdom is said to have been created. The first king of Portugal, Afonso Henriques, was born in Guimaraes in 1110 and he later launched the main Reconquista against the Moors from Guimaraes.
As is befitting such grand claims the medieval centre of the city is choc full of historic buildings and cobbled squares that apart from the brightly coloured cafe brollies gives you an idea of what these medieval streets would have been like to live in. Unsurprisingly the historic town has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the examples of architecture ranging from the 15th to the 19th centuries that consistently uses traditional Portuguese building materials and techniques.
The old town is northeast of the modern city of Guimaraes. Most of the tourist sights are within a demarcated tourist zone that stretches from Guimaraes Castle in the north on the hill and then south in a cluster of cobbled streets and squares.





Una foto sin la mano de Manu no es la misma cosa!! Estuve de charla con el castillo y EL mismo me lo ha dicho.... Vaya!!! :))))

La entrada del castillo... ... muy elegante!!!



                         Manu como el pajarito.... vaya!! :)
So nice to b a bird for a while... :)




Ahhhhhhhhhhh, como eu adoro estes candeeiros de ferro forjado tb!!!! Gaita!!! :)




:)) These wood stairs are imponent!!!....  Can u see their abnormal inclination?? Huge!!!  >:)













Alberto Sampaio Museum 








Several of the historic buildings house museums and historical artefacts. Within the Romanesque cloister of the former convent of Igreja de Nossa de Senhora da Oliveira is the Alberto Sampaio museum housing a collection of ecclesiastical art and paintings, sculpture, ceramics and azulejos. Some of the highlights includes a 14th century silver-gilded triptych, a tunic said to have been worn by Joao I in 1385 at the Battle of Aljubarrots and a 16th century silver Manueline cross. English language notes are available in each room. Admission is free. Tues-Sun
10 am-12.30 pm and 2-5.30 pm. Tel: 351 253 423 910.
The Antigos Pacos do Concelho is the 14th century building on legs facing Largo da Oliveira that houses the avant-garde displays of the Museum of Modern Primitive Art. Admission free. Open Mon-Fri 9 am-12.30 pm and 2-5.30 pm. Sat-Sun 10 am-12.30 pm and 3-6 pm. Tel: 351 253 414 186.
The Museu Arqueologico Martins Sarmento displays a collection of Celtiberian artefacts in the Sao Domingos Church, a former convent. The museum is named after the archaeologist who in 1875 excavated Citania de Briteiros (see our webpage for more info).


  Too bad we caught this museum closed!! lol



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4 comments:

M. said...

Ai, Manu, tudo tão bonito!!! Dá vontade de ir já até lá!
Beijos, bom domingo!
Madalena

Manu World said...

:)))) obgd Mada...pois é verdade...e agr a je aki está a fazer as malinhas ( Tão somente 3 mailnhas das grds...claro,mts vestidos compridos... batòns, vernizes...td coisas k eu nem uso mas p vacances levo sp....lol )...vou finalmente ter uns merecidos dias de vacances...
:)))

Uma ópt semana p ti. E obgd pela visita.
Bjinhuzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

M. said...

Manu, que sorte!!!! Boas férias!!!!
Bjssss

Manu World said...

:)))))
obgd my dear...já fui e já vim... de alma renovada!!!
:)

E em breve coloco as minhas fotinhas e videozinhos da praxe!!!
:)))
Beijunhuzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz*****