GUIMARAES - Monument Hotel
Come spend a few days in the city that proudly announces to its visitors: "This is the birthplace of Portugal". Situated in the center of the country of Portugal and the likely birthplace of D. Afonso Henriques, the first King of Portugal, this is a place where you will find a cheerful, confident and attractive environment that inspires not only its inhabitants, but also visitors who stay there for a relaxing vacation. The Pousada de Guimarães, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, a unique hotel full of history located in the city of Guimarães, is a great place to set out on a journey of historical discovery. Come and discover the proudest city of Portugal and stay in a fascinating place that has borne witness to many momentous historical moments. It is at this very place that the nation of Portugal experienced its birth and rise over the centuries. Staying at the Santa Marinha's Inn in Guimarães is not only an opportunity to relax for a few days, but also to learn about history with your every step. Located on the slopes of Monte da Penha, this former monastery that once belonged to Queen Mafalda, wife of King Afonso Henriques, and was part of the order of the Holy Canons of Saint Augustine in the twelfth century, is a building that inspires admiration Its every door, window and stone exudes wisdom.
Although it is not easy to reach, it is simple to figure out how to get there: just drive up to the center of Guimarães and follow Penha's directions.You'll be going uphill, and as you are getting away from the city, you'll be getting closer to a place that is different from everything you have ever experienced before, a place that is perfect for contemplation and reflection.After all, it was no accident that this property , originally home to the Augustinian monks, was transferred to the Jerónimos monks in the sixteenth century.The descendants of nobles were more interested in arts and teaching than their brothers of the order.That is why they established one of the first Portuguese universities on the site.(Please note that the university was later relocated to Coimbra.) Although Arts, Philosophy and Theology courses are no longer taught here, the knowledge of the past will awaken your curiosity and encourage you to learn more about this impressively vast and beautifully decorated place.The feeling of being at home begins in the bar which once served as the monastery's kitchen.There is a striking contrast between the comfort you are treated to - the huge fireplace, the cozy sofas and a terrace with a very inviting esplanade in the summer, or on any sunny day - and the history that you'll learn about.
Address: Largo Domingos Leite de Castro – Lugar da Costa – 4810-011 - Guimarães
Location GPS - N 41 26.593 - W 8 16.591
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