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Chosen in the 15th century to become the seat of the Dukes of Bragan軋 (the 8th Duke became King Jo縊 IV), it lodges their magnificent palace which stretches for 100 metres (360 ft) and has 23 windows in sucession on each floor of the impressive fa軋de lined with marble. Guided tours take visitors to the royal rooms on the ground and first floors, including the vast kitchen, the library with its precious collections, the chapel, the armouries and splendid spaces such as the Sala da Cabra-Cega, used to play blind manエs buff, or the opulent Sala dos Duques (Room of the Dukes), among many others. The visit also includes the formal gardens and the Coach Museum. In front of the palace, a bronze equestrian statue of king Jo縊 IV stands at the centre of the square. Vila Vi輟sa is a scrupulously clean town, full of flowers and streets lined with orange-trees and proud of its monuments (such as the 13th-century castle, the Agostinhos Church or the Renaissance Chagas Convent) and of its stately houses decorated with the local "white gold" (marble).

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