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Guarda Travel Guide

Best of Guarda

Trancoso: With an altitude of 880m/2,886ft about 20km/12mi north of Celorico da Beira, is encircled by walls that were still being extended in the 16th century. Trancoso castle, now a ruin, was where King Dinis I married his Queen, later Saint.

Baroque Churches: Worth seeing are 2 Baroque churches in Guarda, the 17th century and 18th century Sao Vicente. However perhaps somewhat provincial in style, they are no less attractive for that.

Celorico da Beira: Is a little city with a ruined castle, destroyed by French troops in the early 19th century, and several old houses with some Manueline windows.

Museu Regional: Actually houses the Regional Museum, where the exhibits range from archeological finds and pictorial archives to paintings and sculpture.

Serra da Estrela: Trips from Guarda through the Serra da Estrela to the west and to the little mountain town of Belmonte are extremely charming.

Cathedral: The Catedral, is a granite building of fortress like appearance, with crenellated walls. It was developed in Gothic style in 1390 and completed in the 16th century, however the portal on the northern transept still looks Gothic. The Manueline additions, notably the west front and doorway, were built by Manuel It's great architect, Boytaca, on the model of Batalha Abbey. The magnificent 3 aisled interior achieves its effect by its harmonious proportions and simplicity of line. The stone retable in1550, on which over 100 figures enact scenes from the life of Christ, was the work of John of Rouen (Joao de Ruao); the gilding was added in the 18th century. It's well worth climbing up to the roof terrace to see the method of construction of the roof, spanned by flying buttresses, and to enjoy the superb view over the town to the Serra da Estrela.

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