Historic Centre of Guimarães

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Historic Centre of Guimarães
UNESCO World Heritage Site
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LocationGuimarães, Portugal
CriteriaCultural: (ii), (iii), (iv)
Inscription2001 (25th session)
Area19.45 ha (48.1 acres)
Buffer zone99.23 ha (245.2 acres)
Coordinates41°26′37.432″N 8°17′34.091″W / 41.44373111°N 8.29280306°W / 41.44373111; -8.29280306Coordinates: 41°26′37.432″N 8°17′34.091″W / 41.44373111°N 8.29280306°W / 41.44373111; -8.29280306
Historic Centre of Guimarães is located in Portugal
Historic Centre of Guimarães
Location of Historic Centre of Guimarães in Portugal

Historic Centre of Guimarães is an urban space of the city of Guimarães, in Portugal, tracing back to medieval age covering an area of 16 hectares and retaining many buildings from the medieval age until 19th century. Since 2001, it is declared as a World Heritage Site of UNESCO.[1]

Guimarães is closely linked to the formation of national identity and of Portuguese language in 12th century. It is the native city of Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal, who in 1139, declared independence of the country.


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  1. ^ Centre, UNESCO World Heritage. "Historic Centre of Guimarães". whc.unesco.org. Retrieved 2017-05-17.