Castelo de S. Jorge, Lisbon

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Castelo de S. Jorge, a second-century citadel, overlooks the historical center of the city. This castle dates back to medieval times, approximately 48 BCE, when the city was under Roman rule. Celtic people originally inhabited this hilltop location, but ownership of the area changed over the years from Phoenicians, Greeks, and Carthaginians to Romans and a few other key players. In the 10th century, Moorish people fortified the fortress with cerca Moura, or Moorish encirclement. Though the 1755 Lisbon earthquake destroyed much of the castle, the remaining ruins are still open to the public. Explore one of the city's most popular tourist sites by foot, take in views from its high vantage point, and discover the castle's archeological and historic relevance. Plan to see Castelo de S. Jorge and other attractions that appeal to you using our Lisbon driving holiday planning site.
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  • Wear your comfortable shoes and prepare to climb steps. A visit here is definitely worth it! We visited on a cool November day, so I imagine in the summer it would be a good idea to go early. The... 
    Wear your comfortable shoes and prepare to climb steps. A visit here is definitely worth it! We visited on a cool November day, so I imagine in the summer it would be a good idea to go early. The...  more »
  • Amazing view of the city. Be sure to book a guided tour to make sure you learn something about the castle and the city. 
    Amazing view of the city. Be sure to book a guided tour to make sure you learn something about the castle and the city.  more »
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  • The castle looks great, even though some early renovations weren't the best. The views are awesome, the peacocks pretty and fun to watch, the gardens are interesting, but.... it has no armouries, not a single sword or a bow, just a few canons in the garden and raw walls and towers. I'm kinda upset to be honest.
  • The castle was a great experience because you get a mixture of things there. You get a cool garden of peacocks, which is always very cool. There are also great views of the city from the tower and walls. There are also exhibits in a small museum inside the castle for history buffs. There wasn't much in the way of litter. A reminder that you will be to be physically able as there are quite a few steps to get around the caste walls.

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