Paço dos Duques de Bragança
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Paço dos Duques de Bragança Guimaraes Reviews
Stunning insight into history Nov 28, 2010
Built in the fifteenth century for the Duke of Braganza, the palace is a wonderful monument to visit. The Duke was the illegitimate son of King John I and the palace was constructed around the time of his marriage.
Entrance is several euros, and is free if you visit on Sunday mornings.
The rooms are nicely laid out and contain some impressively made furniture, armour and weapons. A key feature are the four Pastrana tapestries which are located throughout the place. They are huge, probably as old as the palace itself and contain lavish amounts of detail.
It's a pity that the windows, which are stained glass, are covered in order to keep the sunlight out. I understand the need to do this to protect the valuable contents from sun damage, but it would be nice if they could reveal a couple of non-offending windows.
The chapel is small but stunning to visit and is located in the heart of the palace itself.
They also had an art exhhibition featuring the work of Jose Guimaraes. I didn't think much of the modern art pieces, but it makes a wonderful contrast to the older architecture and contents of the proper part of the palace.
If you are in Guimaraes, this has to be one of the top sites to visit and this is a well-deserved label.
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