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Castle of Sao Jorge, Lisbon

Nestled on a hilltop overlooking central Lisbon and the Tejo River, the São Jorge Castle is a fortified Moorish citadel from the Middle Ages.

Nestled on a hilltop overlooking central Lisbon and the Tejo River, the São Jorge Castle is a fortified Moorish citadel from the Middle Ages. Though oldest parts of the castle date from the 6th century when it was fortified by the Romans, Visigoths and the Moors, the fortification was mainly built by the Moors in the mid 11th century. It was enlarged and renovated after Afonso Henriques conquered Lisbon in 1147, and was used as the royal palace from the 13th to 16th centuries till King Manuel I built the Ribeira Palace.

Laid out on a square plan, the castle complex has the fortification walls with 12 gates, main castle, ruins of the royal palace which was destroyed in an earthquake, other administrative buildings, towers, gardens, and a large terraced square with great views of the city. The South Gate on Rua de Santa Cruz do Castelo is the main entrance, featuring the coat-of-arms of Portugal, and inscribed with the name of Queen Maria II and the year 1846. It leads to the Praça de Armas, which has a bronze statue of Afonso Henriques and few old cannons. To one side is the Paco Real da Alcacova, the ruins of the royal palace in which the Casa Ogival presents the Olissiponia, a multimedia show on the history of Lisbon through important events such as the Inquisition, the great earthquake of 1755, and restoration in the 20th century. The Permanent Exhibition presents archaeological finds from the site. The Castle Gallery showcases exhibitions on Portuguese history and culture.

The main Castle lies to the west, with 11 remaining towers. Here the Tower of Ulysses, once home to the Royal Treasure of the Torre de Tombo, now has a Camara Escura (Periscope) in the Dark Room which offers 360 degree views of Lisbon. The Torre de Menagem (Tower of the Keep), Torre do Paço (Tower of the Palace), Torre da Cisterna (Tower of the Cistern), and the Torre de São Lourenço (Tower of Saint Lawrence) are also of note.

At the north end is the Moorish Quarter which is an archaeological area. Excavated finds from the site date as far back as the 7th century BC, and throw light on the history of settlements in the area.


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About Castle of Sao Jorge

 Rua de Santa Cruz do Castelo, 1100-129 Lisboa, Portugal

 +351 21 880 0620

 www.castelodesaojorge.pt

Castle of Sao Jorge and Nearby Sights on Map

Se Cathedral (Lisbon)

The Lisbon Cathedral is one of the oldest churches in the city, built in 1147 on the site of an old mosque after Christians took over the city in the Second Crusade

Museu do Teatro Romano

The Museu do Teatro Romano (Roman Theatre Museum) showcases the archeological remains of the adjacent Roman theatre that was built by Emperor Augustus in the 1st century BC in Felicitas Julia Olisipo, as Lisbon was known during the time

Rossio

Praca Dom Pedro IV Square, better known as Rossio, is the main square in downtown Lisbon and a popular meeting place for locals

Santa Justa Elevator

Located downtown, this elevator was designed by a follower of French engineer Gustav Eiffel and connects downtown to Trinidade, located many metres uphill

Baixa

The Pombaline Lower Town, better known as Baixa, is the heart of downtown Lisbon

Design and Fashion Museum

Fado Museum

The Museo do Fado e da Guitarra Portuguesa is a good place for a quick study of Fado's history

Alfama

Sprawling on the slope between the São Jorge Castle and the Tejo River estuary, Alfama is the oldest district in Lisbon

Rua Augusta Arch

Gloria Funicular

Inaugurated on 24 October 1885, this funicular was the second to be placed in Lisbon