As the first capital of Portugal, Guimarães is known as the place where the country was born – ‘The Cradle City’. In 1095 Count Henry of Burgundy, who had married princess Teresa of León, established in Guimarães the second County of Portugal and on July 25th 1109 Afonso Henriques, son of Count Henry of Burgundy, was born here and it was where Duke Afonso Henriques proclaimed Portuguese independence from the Kingdom of León, after the Battle of São Mamede in 1128, declaring himself to be Afonso I, King of Portugal.
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Catching up after the full-on weekend, Andrew. I like the pics but skipped the full story
That’s great Derrick, thanks for stopping by!
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I like the look of the castle from the outside, Andrew, although you said it could use some work inside. Sounds like you enjoyed the city, overall. –Curt
I have just returned from Portugal and visited a few castles along the way. Most of them I would not enjoy visiting with my adventurous six year old grandson!
Interesting, since we will be cruising down the Rhine next summer with our grandkids, visiting at least one castle…
You will have plenty of choice that’s for sure!