Parque do Castelo (Castle Park), Guimaraes

Parque do Castelo (Castle Park), Guimaraes

The Castle Park unfolds with an irregular plan, offering free access to locals and visitors alike. The park's central axis, oriented from the castle to the Church of Saint Damasus in the northeast, encompasses significant landmarks. The rectangular yard crowns the highest point near the castle, while prominent structures line the route. The main facade of the Church of Saint Damasus graces the top of this yard, creating a visual spectacle. Notable monuments like the Palace of the Dukes of Braganca, Holy Cross Chapel, and the Church of Saint Michael of the Castle contribute to the historical tapestry along this path.

The park's total perimeter of approximately 1600 meters is bordered by streets, creating a sense of seclusion amid the urban hustle. Granite support walls, varying in height from 0.90m to around 4m, elegantly negotiate the high slope between the castle and the Chapel of Santa Cruz. A notable feature is a 3.5m thick and 148m long wall outside the castle, adding architectural allure and defining pathways.

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Parque do Castelo (Castle Park) on Map

Sight Name: Parque do Castelo (Castle Park)
Sight Location: Guimaraes, Portugal (See walking tours in Guimaraes)
Sight Type: Park/Outdoor
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Walking Tours in Guimaraes, Portugal

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles