Rua de Santa Maria (Saint Mary Street), Guimaraes

Rua de Santa Maria (Saint Mary Street), Guimaraes

Steeped in history, Saint Mary Street holds the distinction of being one of the first streets laid out in Guimarães. Its purpose was clear – to serve as a vital link between the convent founded by Mumadona, nestled in the lower part of the town, and the regal Castle perched atop the upper town. Dating back to the 17th century, the street has retained its name through the ages, becoming an integral part of the city's identity.

The cobbled path of Rua de Santa Maria is adorned with architectural masterpieces that echo the sophistication of the 15th and 16th centuries. These structures, once the residences of Guimaraes' nobility and affluent families, stand as living testaments to the city's cultural and artistic prowess during that era. Notable landmarks along this historic route include the Casa do Arco, Casa dos Peixotos, the Gothic Casa dos Valadares, and the Convent of Santa Clara.

The Casa do Arco, with its arch-shaped entrance, and the Casa dos Valadares, an exemplar of Gothic architecture, showcase the city's commitment to preserving its cultural treasures. The Convent of Santa Clara, standing proudly as one of Guimaraes' richest convents, adds a spiritual dimension to this historic promenade.

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Sight Name: Rua de Santa Maria (Saint Mary Street)
Sight Location: Guimaraes, Portugal (See walking tours in Guimaraes)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Guimarães, the capital of the industrious Ave region of Portugal, is one of the country's most beautiful and authentic cities. Because of its pivotal role in the nation's history, Guimarães also holds the esteemed title of the "birthplace of Portugal" or "the cradle city". The latter, in part, is due to the first King of Portugal, Afonso Henriques, being born here...  view more

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