Paco dos Duques de Braganca, Guimaraes

#3 of 59 in Historic Sites in Braga District
Castle · Architectural Building
A living reminder of Portugal's colorful past, the atmospheric Paco dos Duques de Braganca sits in the historical center of a World Heritage Site town. Built in the 1420s, the castle originally served as the official residence of Afonso of Braganca, the illegitimate son of King John I. The ambitious Afonso became the patriarch of a powerful dynasty, and his descendants eventually served as kings of Portugal and emperors of Brazil. Encircled by park land, his palace represents one of the finest examples of late-medieval architecture favored by Portuguese nobility during the 15th century. Be sure to visit the first-floor museum, housing a collection of tapestries, porcelains, paintings, and furniture from the 17th and 18th centuries. Plan to visit Paco dos Duques de Braganca during your Guimaraes vacation using our convenient Guimaraes trip planner.
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  • A distinctive feature of this palace is the high chimneys sticking out. The 36 chimneys are best seen from Guimaraes Castle. The palace was built in the XV century by Count Barcelos, the first Duke...  more »
  • The palace is very close to the medieval castle and the two create an interesting overview of Portugal's history. The palace has many displays of furnishings, costumes, and equipment from the 15th...  more »
  • So nice , I have game for you if you are going : try to count the cheminee !
  • The palace is very beautiful and very well mantained. Nevertheless, we should notice that it was re-built in the 20 century. It deserves to be visited.

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