Praca de Sao Tiago (Saint James Square), Guimaraes

Praca de Sao Tiago (Saint James Square), Guimaraes

Saint James Square holds a special place in Guimaraes as it is steeped in tradition and historical significance. According to local lore, the apostle S. Tiago brought an image of the Virgin Saint Mary to Guimaraes, where it was housed in a pagan temple within the square, eventually giving rise to its name. The square's medieval layout has been well-preserved, and it has been mentioned in various documents throughout history.

Saint James Square exudes medieval charm, featuring rehabilitated facades adorned with colorful flower boxes and traditional clothing hung out to dry. The architectural splendor of 17th and 18th-century houses, meticulously restored by the Guimaraes City Council, captivates visitors. Adjacent to Olive Tree Square, this square forms a social hub in the old town, offering a delightful collection of historic buildings.

Immersing visitors in a genuine medieval atmosphere, Saint James Square is rich in history and architectural allure. Despite the buildings' apparent age, the square's charm lies in the well-maintained structures that exude character and authenticity. The square is not only a historical focal point but also a vibrant space to enjoy a leisurely stroll, a delicious meal, or a refreshing drink at one of the many charming cafes that line its perimeter.

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Sight Name: Praca de Sao Tiago (Saint James Square)
Sight Location: Guimaraes, Portugal (See walking tours in Guimaraes)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles