Thursday, January 26, 2012

Up North (1 of 2): Guimarães



Guimarães, the birth place of Portugal (12th century) as we know it, UNESCO World Heritage city and 2012 European Capital of Culture (312 kms from Lisbon)


"Portugal was born here"

22 comments:

LadyFi said...

Wow - what a fabulous place. Love those medieval arches.

photonio said...

beautiful !!!!

Lowell said...

I see you went on a very fascinating trip! It is exciting to see the birth place of Portugal. There appear to be some very old structures there that have stood the test of time - more or less!

Olivier said...

c'est tres beau, cela ressemble a un petit village de montagne

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Familiar yet unfamiliar, I have seen some of these architecture in Malacca where the city was once occupied by Portugal in the 17th or 18th century ! The buildings seem familiar a little !

brattcat said...

do you have more images from guimaraes? love to see more.

Kate said...

Ancient but very beautiful and picturesque!

Sharon said...

What an interesting place to visit.

JM said...

@Brattcat:

Although I didn't have much time for photos, I managed to take a few shots more that I will be posting on my travel blog. I'll let you know.

Carolina Tavares said...

Aqui nasceu Portugal.. Nossa! Que lugar importante.

Gostei dos sobrados, são lindos.

joo said...

The buildings in the first photo are fascinating!

Sylvia K said...

What a fantastic place, JM! Love the arches! Such a lovely historic city and coming from such a young country, I'm always amazed at places like this! Haven't been to Portugal in many years, but I did love the time I spent there!

Sylvia

Halcyon said...

I'm glad this is a heritage site. It looks quite beautiful. It's good to know it will be preserved.

VP said...

I confess my ignorance: I had no idea of this... Quite interesting place, I really like the first image!

cieldequimper said...

Another new place of my endlessly long list...

Andrew said...

A wonderful post and lovely images to see..
I am now having to google to learn a bit more about your countries history..
Take care

Sérgio Pontes said...

Gosto tanto de Guimarães, um abraço =)

RedPat said...

Wow - it looks like a wonderful place!

Randy said...

Wow, I can't wait to see more. What a fabulous place.

Joan Elizabeth said...

It's colours are different from the places you usually photograph.

Sérgio Pontes said...

Já ai estive, gosto muito de Guimarães

Gunn said...

Looks pretty and warm!:)