Sunday, 28 October 2012

Photographic Tour: Guimarães ~ Birth of a Nation

It was in the 10th century that the Countess Mumadona ordered the castle built. Closely linked to the birth and foundation
of the Kingdom of Portugal, it was the palace of King Afonso Henriques (1111-1185). 
The castle, formed by the keep and the high surrounding walls, incorporated the defensive innovations of the 12th
and 13th centuries, with the building of towers protecting the curtain walls and flanking the entrances.
Inside the main tower..
My mother posing for me :)
The palace was ordered built in the 1st quarter of the 15th century by Afonso, first Duke of Bragança. The size of the palace
and some architectural details show European (particularly French) influence.
Undergoing significant alterations over the centuries, it was reconstructed and adapted into a museum
and the official residence of the President of Portugal, in the mid 20th century.
World Heritage Site
children singing through the streets :)
ended the day in a Old Cars exhibition.. but that is another story ;)

16 comments:

Indigo Janson said...

Looks like a fascinating tour, and wonderful compositions in the images you've shared. I love the way you use the photo space.

All are beautiful but I find myself especially drawn to the almost abstract image of the stone ledge with the reflections on it.

Lisa Gordon said...

Ana, this is wonderful, and I love the photo of your Mom!!
Thank you for taking us along with you.
Happy Sunday to you, my friend.
xo.

bailey-road.com said...

Great shots of the castle tour.

Amarie said...

Beautiful castle! Would love to see one up close one day. :)

Ms. A said...

Can't imagine seeing a castle in person. Great images!

Cheryl said...

What a wonderful experience. There's so much detail in each photo. Absolutely stunning series, Ana.

Thanks for sharing with YSB this week.

Kathy said...

Oh I soooo want to visit Portugal :)

Ms. Becky said...

thanks for the special tour Ana, this was lovely. I especially like the children singing through the street. and the photo of your mom. happy week to you Ana. take good care now.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

What an amazing place to visit. I love the way you have captured the details with your photos as well as the larger view of things - quite artistic.

Jacquelineand.... said...

Hi Mom!

The photos are lovely...I can only hope to come to Portugal one day. Perhaps you would be kind enough to be my tour guide?

Ana Eugénio said...

definitely yes :)

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

What a treat! I really enjoyed seeing and learning more about this old castle. Amazing what they could build without any of the modern tools that we use. Oh, love the color of your mom's hair!

Viv (modifica) said...

Love your close ups of the little details my favourite. What a wonderful place to visit...

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Marvelous photos of this wonderful old castle. Gorgeous !

Nancy Claeys said...

Best collection of photos ever Ana! I'm so happy you shared at Your Sunday Best this week. xo

kkkkaty said...

Love the castle photos, Ana..