"St. George's Castle" Castelo de São Jorge Tip by Bwana_Brown

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

  The path around the Castle Walls
by Bwana_Brown

Although Castelo de Sao Jorge was made the official residence of Portugese Royalty in 1147, it lost that honour in 1511 when King Manuel I built something more fitting in today's busy tourist area of the Baixa. For many years, the old castle served variously as a military base, arms depot and theatre.

However, the great earthquake of 1755 totally destroyed its walls and towers, along with much more of the city. It was not until 1938 that the present version of the castle was restored, during the long dictatorship of Antonio Salazar.

Address: Rua de Santa Cruz do Castelo, 1100-129 Lisboa
Directions: Alfama district, on the eastern edge of the tourist area.
Phone: +351 21 880 0620
Website: http://castelodesaojorge.pt/

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  • Updated Oct 31, 2004
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