Guimarães is a small city with huge importance to Portugal, both historically and in 2012.
This year it is the European Capital of Culture, along with Maribor in Slovenia. What this means is that the city will be alive with cultural activities throughout the year, with a long-term outlook of urban regeneration for the future.
Historically, Guimarães is known as the cradle of Portugal. It was in this town that the country was born. In the 12th century independence was fought for and won here and a new nation was forged. The first king of Portugal Alfonso I is said to have been born here and the Dukes of Braganza, the royal family of Portugal had a palace here for many centuries.
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