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Castelo de S. Jorge

Castelo de S. Jorge

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Location: Santiago, Lisbon, Portugal

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  • Karsten S.

    The ascent to Castelo de São Jorge is fantastic: it leads through old Lisbon, past viewpoints and a historical "urinol". Once at the top of the fortress, São Jorge welcomes visitors in his glass case. And after a little further ascent on the walls of the castle you have a great view over the city and the Tagus River from one of the highest points in Lisbon.The Castelo was conquered by the Moors. According to a legend, in 1147 the Christian knight Martim Moniz noticed an open gate at the Castelo, into which he forced himself with his body to keep it open. He sacrificed his life so that the Christians could recapture the castle complex. From then on, the fortress helped defend the city.In the late 14th century, the fortress was dedicated to São Jorge. King João had married the English princess Phillipa of Lancaster and the holy warrior who fought the dragon was very popular at the time, both in Portugal and in England.After the kings moved from the castle to the city center, the military function was given up and after the destruction caused by the earthquake of 1755, the fortress was forgotten. It was rediscovered in the 20th century and has been a national monument since 1910. In the 1990s, the Castelo de São Jorge was renovated.Today the Castelo de São Jorge high above the roofs of Lisbon is definitely one of the most beautiful viewpoints and is one of the most popular historical sites in Lisbon. Above all, the magnificent view from the fortress walls is something special.

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    • September 9, 2020

  • Not much to say after Karsten's epic and thorough comment. Suffice to say that St George's castle is superb and one of the most well preserved out there. The views over Lisbon are stunning. It is a busy place so get there early but it is well worth it. Allow at least three hours for a visit to do justice to the place. I have to say that I love Lisbon and Portugal.

    • February 14, 2021

  • In front of the cheese, long lines are always forming quickly. Best start early.

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    • March 8, 2017

  • A really well preserved castle

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    • April 28, 2018

  • The visit to the castle is a must !!!

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    • August 19, 2018

  • nice view over Lisbon

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    • October 3, 2016

  • Absolutely visit, just for the view

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    • March 12, 2017

  • A really nice and well preserved castle

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    • April 28, 2018

  • A beautiful area with a wonderful view.

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    • July 19, 2018

  • Extensive castle grounds with a very nice view of the city. Under the shade of the trees, it can withstand even on hot days

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    • September 15, 2019

  • I gave myself this tour for my birthday. There are more beautiful looks than from up here 😍😍😍

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    • July 28, 2020

  • The fortress is really huge and very impressive. It is one of the best preserved fortresses ever. Everything very vivid. Getting up early is worthwhile, as long lines form quickly. Also nice for kids. Lots of space for Rumtollen. Not a typical museum.

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    • November 11, 2018

  • At the fortress it is possible to walk on the outer walls. Irregularly high levels. Not particularly secured.

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    • February 18, 2020

  • The climb through Alfama and the narrow streets are really impressive. But the fort itself is very crowded. The queue is enormous. As with any tourist hotspot. But even the walk along the walls is very worth seeing.

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    • May 19, 2021

  • Admission now costs 10 euros, but you have a great view of the city and can walk on the battlements. Little secured battlements make it even more original.
    At 9am it was perfect up there when we walked out, long lines at the entrance.

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    • October 12, 2022

  • Historically interesting complex (recommended tours!) With a great view over the old town of Lisbon

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    • October 27, 2021

  • Imposing fortress in the center of Lisbon with a great view over the city

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    • April 9, 2023

  • Very worth seeing - great 👌

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    • April 10, 2023

  • The castle, the Castelo de S. Jorge of Lisbon, has dominated the city's hills since ancient times and has seen quite a bit.This sight is definitely a must see as the castle is situated on one of the highest hills in Lisbon and offers a breathtaking view of the Portuguese capital and the surrounding area.The Castelo is also one of the oldest buildings and therefore an important testimony to Lisbon's past. A little journey into the past proves to be impressive and exciting at the same time 👍...

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    • July 21, 2023

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