"A Hilltop Fortress" Castelo de São Jorge Tip by rexvaughan

Castelo de São Jorge, Lisbon: 129 reviews and 288 photos

by rexvaughan
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Set atop the highest hill in Lisbon, Castelo de Sao Jorge, is a massive and I am sure very forbidding to anyone who had ideas of its capture. It of course has a checkered history, having been built by the Moors in the 8th century, captured by King Afonso Henriques in the 12th century, then serving as the royal residence for 4 centuries. Interestingly it has an English name, given by the king to please his English queen. Here again I ran across the centuries-old ties between Portugal and England.

The whole complex spreads over several acres and offers some spectacular aerial views of the city. They advertise a multi-media presentation in one of the buildings but it was closed when we visited. It is a pleasant place to walk around getting various views of the city and you are likely to find some wandering musician providing local color. The one we saw was a guy playing a mixture of tunes, including some Christmas ones, on a tin whistle or recorder of some kind. He had bells strapped to both knees which he could jingle at the appropriate time. He had a sign saying "obrigado" and a blanket for coins, all carefully guarded by his cat.

Address: Rua de Santa Cruz do Castelo, 1100-129 Lisboa
Directions: At the highest point of the city.
Phone: +351 21 880 0620
Website: http://castelodesaojorge.pt/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 15, 2006
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