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St George’s Castle
- St George’s Castle
- Alt Name:
- Castelo de Sao Jorge
- The Moors
- 1000AD - 1099AD
- Vimeiro Monument,
about St George’s Castle
St George’s Castle (Castelo de Sao Jorge) in Lisbon is a medieval citadel resting high atop one of the city’s highest hills overlooking the Tagus River.
Historical research has shown that the hill on which St George’s Castle sits was inhabited as early as the sixth century BC, with the first fortifications dating back to the second century BC. This hill was of military importance to a number of peoples, including Lisbon’s indigenous Celtic and Iberian tribes as well as the Romans, the Visigoths and the Moors.
The earliest mentions of St George’s Castle date back to the eleventh century, when Arab geographers mention it defending the ‘quasabah’ or ‘fortress’. In 1147, St George’s Castle was conquered from the Moors by Portugal’s first king, Afonso Henriques helped by crusaders as part of the Seige of Lisbon.
In 1255, when Lisbon became the capital city, St George’s Castle served as the royal palace and was later renovated by King Dinis I. The castle was dedicated to Saint George by King João I in the fourteenth century. However, St George’s Castle began to lose its stature in the sixteenth century, when King Manuel I built the Ribeira Palace, particularly when St George’s Castle was damaged by earthquakes in 1531 and 1755 and never properly rebuilt.
Today, people mostly visit St George’s Castle for its beautiful views across Lisbon on Ulysses Tower. The Castle does have some exhibitions, including a multimedia presentation of the city’s history and a space for temporary exhibitions as well as a handful of courtyards and battlements to explore. Also visible are the remnants of an old Moorish wall, which was reconstructed by the King Ferdinand I in the 1370’s.
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Address: Castelo de Sao Jorge, Largo do Chao da Feira Lisbon, Portugal
Phone: +351 218 800 620
St George’s Castle is at the top of a hill above Alfama. Whilst this can be walked, this should probably be reserved for only the fittest of travellers. Or, take bus 37 or tram 28 from Rossio.
St George’s Castle is open daily 9am – 9pm (Mar-Oct) and 9am-6pm (Nov-Feb). Entry is €5. Student discounts available.
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