Castelo Sao Jorge (St Jorge Castle)

The Castelo de São Jorge (St Jorge Castle) is a medieval castle located in Alfama, the most established neighborhood in Lisbon. For a considerable length of time, the castle was the principle living arrangement of Portugal’s rulers.

The Castelo de São Jorge is deliberately situated on top of the most astounding slope in Lisbon. Indeed before the entry of the Romans, there were strongholds at this site however the current structure was implicit the mid-eleventh century, amid the Moorish time.

Amid the second campaign, the château was the last fortification in the barrier against the Christian armed force, drove by Portugal’s first ruler, Afonso Henriques. He at last caught the manor in 1147 with the assistance of northern European crusaders after a seventeen-week-long attack. It was a point of interest triumph in the Reconquista, the recover of arrive on the Iberian landmass from the Moors.


The manor turned into the primary home of the Portuguese lords and in 1502 a castle was manufactured inside the château dividers to give the rulers more solace. The stronghold was extremely harmed by the 1755 tremor, however it was in part remodeled and new structures were included. The manor kept on being utilized for military purposes until the early twentieth century. Its present appearance goes once more to the 1930s, when it was restored to its medieval state.

The castle complex is encased by durable external dividers from where guests have a wide view over Lisbon. The doorway to the complex prompts the Praça d’Armas (parade ground), an open square where a statue of Portugal’s first lord remains in the midst of the trees. From here steps lead through a sentimental arrangement with statues along the previous regal castle of Alcáçova towards the sustained fortification. The strong looking fortification is encased by defenses that join eleven crenelated towers. Guests can walk as far as possible up to the bulwarks and go from tower to tower.

The most focal tower is the Torre de Ulísses (Tower of Ulysses), where the regal chronicles were put away. Inside is a cam obscura, an optical gadget created by Leonardo da Vinci that tasks live pictures from around the city onto the tower dividers. To one side is the Tower of the Keep, the strongest of all towers and henceforth utilized as a summon post. To one side of the Ulysses Tower is the Palace tower, named for the adjacent Alcáçova royal residence, which now houses a restaurant and a historical center. The historical center shows an accumulation of archeological finds unearthed at the mansion site.

A long defense leads from the fortress east towards an archeological site where stays of a Moorish quarter, a royal residence (the Palace of the Counts of Santiago) and iron age remains have been unearthed. The defense passes the Moniz Gate, one of the manor’s three principle doors. The door is named after the aristocrat Martim Moniz who as indicated by legend gave his life amid the attack of 1147 by tossing himself in the end entryway, empowering the Christian troops section to the castle.

Closed: Mondays
Admission Fee: 8,50EUR

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