Palace of the Dukes of Bragança
Just a few steps from the Castle of Guimarães, you will find the Palaces of the Dukes of Bragança.
This majestic royal residence, which is also a national heritage, was built in the 15th century by D. Afonso, which will later become the Duke of Bragança. It served as a residence for D. Afonso himself and his second wife, D. Constança de Noronha. This robust construction features unique architectural characteristics. The highlights are the stunning cylindrical chimneys, which provide clear evidence that their construction was influenced by Northern European architecture.
The collections feature many important pieces, such as the Pastrana tapestries, which narrate some of the Portuguese discoveries; the Flemish tapestries, well known for their colors layout and impressive disposition of shadows; a group of furniture sets from the post-discovery period; a great collection of porcelains from the Portuguese East India Company, as well as pieces from Portuguese factories from previous centuries; and a collection of armament covering the period from the 15th to the 19th centuries.