A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
014: Castelo de Guimarães
Guimarães Castle is considered as the monument linked to the birth of Portugal. It was the countess of Mumadona who ordered the construction of the castle in the 10th century, in order to defend her land against Moorish and Normand invasions. About one century later, count Henrique was granted to rule over Portugal, and he and his wife moved into the castle, where their son, the future first king of Portugal was born: Afonso Henriques. In a battle on the São Mamede field, he defeated his mother and was recognized as king of Portugal in 1179. During the centuries, the castle underwent various reforms and was almost demolished in the 19th century. Restoration in the 1940s eventually resulted in the inclusion of the castle in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
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