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"Towering Above Lisbon" Castelo de São Jorge Tip by Bwana_Brown

Castelo de São Jorge, Lisbon: 128 reviews and 291 photos

  St. George's Castle
by Bwana_Brown

The Castelo de Sao Jorge, located in the ancient Alfama district, dominates Lisbon's eastern skyline. No wonder, this is where it all began when the Moors made this their prime defensive position over 1000-years ago and the beginnings of Lisbon sprang up around its walls. With the Portugese conquest of the city in 1147, King Afonso Henriques made alterations so it would be suitable as the residence of Portugese Kings for centuries to come.

The Moorish influence still remains in the houses and narrow, twisting steets that cover the hillside. On our walk up here, we had no idea where we were really going in the maze and somehow ended up circling the walls of the Castle before we found its Porta de Sao Jorge gate! This is a great area in which to spend some time enjoying a very old part of Lisbon!

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

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  • Updated Oct 31, 2004
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