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Europe’s capital of culture 2012 – an intro

” Hey Chrysl, where do you live currently ?”
“Guimaraes”
“What? Where ? How do you even pronounce that?”

Yes, I get that a lot from my friends. Guimaraes is a town in the North of Portugal. If you want to know how to pronounce it, click here and if you still aren’t able to pronounce it right, here’s what you can say- gimme rice. Close enough? Maybe not, but it could work.

Guimaraes has been Europe’s capital of culture for 2012 and this has caused an influx of tourists here. Although Guimaraes has gained global recognition only recently, it has occupied a prime place in Portugal since a long time . Being the birthplace of Portugal’s first king Alfonso Henriques and due to its proximity to the battleground of Sao Mamede where young Alfonso won an epic battle that went on to shape the very history of Portugal as a country, Guimaraes has rightfully earned the title of ‘the cradle of Portugal.’ It has been declared as the European City of Sport for the year 2013.

The flag of Portugal hoisted atop the Guimaraes Castle

The flag of Portugal hoisted atop the Guimaraes Castle

The easiest way to get to Guimaraes is to fly into the  Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport at Porto and then take the Get Bus to Guimaraes. The schedule of the bus service and the ticket price can be found here.
Having lived in Prague and Barcelona, I must say, living in Guimaraes is a totally different experience. While it does on many levels fail to live up to the standards set by these two European cities, Guimaraes manages to hold a place of its own. The historic centre of the city is a UNESCO world heritage site and has this quaint old-world charm about it. Walking through the narrow cobbled streets lined with houses in granite, set close to each other makes you feel like you’ve gone back in time.
In this post of mine, I will only be putting up a few pictures of the city and the places I have visited. Details about specific things to do,  sites to visit and events to witness will follow in future posts.

The Castle of Guimaraes

The Castle of Guimaraes

The Ducal Palace

The Ducal Palace

The fountain near the Castle

The fountain near the Castle

The church atop Mount Penha

The church atop Mount Penha

Another view of Penha in the distance

Another view of Penha in the distance

Somewhere in the historic part of the city

Somewhere in the historic part of the city

The heart of the city - largo do Toural

The heart of the city – largo do Toural

The Campus of the University of Minho

The Campus of the University of Minho

The Church of Santos Passos

The Church of Santos Passos

The platform of arts and creativity set in brass and glass

New architecture- The platform of arts and creativity set in brass and glass

This is just the preview of Guimaraes. Stay tuned for more 🙂

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