Castelo de S. Jorge

Castelo de S. Jorge, Lisbon: Hours, Address, Castelo de S. Jorge Reviews: 4/5

Castelo de S. Jorge
Historic Sites • Castles
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open 7 days a week, Castelo de S. Jorge is now a place where you can enjoy our heritage, get to know a little about Lisboa’s History at the Permanent Exhibition, explore the traces of the Moorish neighbourhood dating back from the 11th century at the Archaeological Site, discover yet unseen sights over the city on the Camera Obscura, stroll across the gardens and the belvederes, take a break at the Café do Castelo, participate of the guided tours or other didactical activities, or simply be enchanted by music, theatre, dancing and the talk shops on heritage that liven up your days at this remarkable Monument in Lisboa.
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The area
Neighbourhood: Castelo, Alfama & Mouraria
Explore narrow streets and alleyways, small cafes and, of course, the internationally acclaimed Fado music. The earth-shattering Great Earthquake of 1755 destroyed most of the city but the contiguous neighborhoods of Mouraria, Castelo and Alfama remained standing to this day. These neighborhoods represent Lisbon at its historical best. The cool breeze of the Tagus river will take you up the hills to the sound of Fado, where you'll discover the best "tascas," eat delicious fresh fish and drink great wines. Discover hidden viewpoints and ancient traces of other civilizational ruins in the heart of the Portuguese capital. These are centuries-old neighborhoods that will welcome you to the very best of old Lisbon culture.
How to get there
  • Martim Moniz • 7 min walk
  • Rossio • 7 min walk
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Wageningen, The Netherlands126 contributions
Peacocks in the courtyard
Jun 2021
See the fort which dates from the muslim era and from its wall you can see all over town. Around it the area is steep and many houses have azulejos, tiles on it.
Written 21 June 2021
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2 contributions
Great areal view of Lisbon.
May 2021 • Friends
We can see from Martim moniz castle, we plan to go, we have seen ancient historical things around it and Lisbon a real view was Fantastic and awesome. Would recommend to visit this place once you are in Lisbon.
Written 15 May 2021
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Buenos Aires, Argentina15 contributions
Not much to see
Apr 2021 • Couples
Not much left of the Castelo... but beautiful views of Lisbon.... great of instagram!
Quite a hike up! ( there is a elevator though)
Written 29 April 2021
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Florida71 contributions
Great view after an uphill climb
Apr 2021
very peaceful, parklike setting, with great views of the whole city. There are tables and lots of places to sit on the parapet, so consider bringing a picnic to eat while you enjoy the view. If you don't want to walk up the hill, there is a bus (#737?) that goes all the way to the entrance. There is very little signage, so the only way to learn anything about the site and its history to to take a tour.
Thru 30 April 21, they are not charging admission. They will take your temperature, and masks are required (obviously).
They allow 1 person from your party into the ticket counter to collect tickets while the rest of your party waits outside.
Written 28 April 2021
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Beijing, China24 contributions
Very interesting place with beautiful view
Feb 2021
This castle stands majestically above central Lisbon. This rich and extensive history is captured within the castle. With only €10 entrance fee, you can visit the entire castle.

There are amazing views over the city. I think this is the highest point in Lisbon. I can see the bridge & the famous statue. The staircase going down to the city at the other side is quite scary. I don't dare to try though.

Worth visiting this castle for period 1 hour. Don't miss it
Written 18 April 2021
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United Kingdom4,233 contributions
The Peacocks Were Unexpected
Mar 2020
We got off the famous #28 tram at the Miradouro das Portas do Sol, checked out the panoramic views over the city to the water, had a look at the Santa Luzia church with its beautiful blue and white tiled walls and then walked up to the castle. It isn’t a long walk (about 10 min) but it’s quite steep and it wasn't always clear which way to go. We missed a left hand turn but I think we probably overlooked the signs because on the way back, I noticed that there were a few brown signs along the way, clearly marked ‘Castelo de S. Jorge’ - see photo below.
We wondered how the castle came to be named for the English patron saint, St George. Apparently this was because in 1387, King Joao I presented the castle as a wedding present to his English wife, Philippa of Lancaster. Their marriage strategically sealed the deal on a treaty that he had just signed with England. Amazingly the Treaty of Windsor, signed on 9 May 1836, is the world’s oldest treaty and is still in force. However, one wonders if Philippa was a little disappointed with a draughty, cold castle? Would she have preferred a bit more bling? Diamonds perhaps?
We decided against going inside the castle itself. A taxi driver and another local had both told us that there wasn't much to see and the entry was for €10pp. We didn't have a lot of time anyway so that suited us.
Instead we walked through the main archway that takes you inside the castle walls, past the statue of St Jorge and browsed around the narrow, cobbled lanes. We had a bite to eat at a little café, Mercearia Castelo where we could sit outside in the sun beside the castle wall and watch the peacocks in the trees. A couple of glasses of ginjinha and we were ready to continue our walk back down through the Alfama area.
Written 6 February 2021
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Salford, UK588 contributions
An exhilarating walk and best to check its open
Dec 2020
After all we have all day on holiday so taking your time to walk up, if you are able to do so, is exhilarating, but do check opening times and holiday closures before you set off. There are many small and lovely local restaurants around here not to be missed.
Written 6 January 2021
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Murmansk, Russia21,012 contributions
The main motif is the magnificent panorama of Lisbon.
Jan 2020
Wherever you are in Lisbon, you can see the towers of the Castle of St. George. Accordingly, getting here on foot or by tram (by car - a bad idea!) You will see all of Lisbon. This, in fact, is the main motive of the visit, because apart from two rows of walls and 11 towers, there is nothing interesting in the castle. The history of the castle goes to such a distant past,in which there was not only Portugal, but also the Roman Empire. The first reliable residents of the fortress on the mountain were the ubiquitous Phoenicians, then the blood-related Carthaginians. The long period of Roman domination was replaced by the timelessness of barbarian kingdoms. Until the Moors came. It was they who built in the VIII century Alcazar in General similar to what we see now. Four centuries of Moorish rule gave way to the Reconquista and in 1147 the first king of Portugal, Afonso Henriques, took Alcazar after a 4-month siege. Having made Lisbon the capital of the Kingdom, he located the Royal residence here. The fortress walls were expanded to a perimeter of 5 kilometers. The next two centuries were the Golden age of the castle. The alcazov Palace was built on the territory of the former Alcazar, and the castle received its current name in honor of the patron Saint of England, St. George. Why England? Because the Alliance with them was a natural counterbalance to the claims of the Castilians who twice besieged Lisbon in the XIV century. The apogee of the Golden age was king Mauel I's reception of Vasco da Gama in 1503 after a successful voyage to India via the Cape of Good Hope. However, it was the growth of income from trade with India that caused the decline of Castelo de S.Jorge. The Portuguese kings were getting used to luxury and moved to the incomparably more comfortable residence of Ribeira, closer to the Tagus. The following centuries were a time for the castle to find its destination, which was incomparably less prestigious than in the past glorious years. Barracks for soldiers, prison, poorhouse Casa Pia.The castle in the form that we see now appeared as a result of reconstruction of the 40s of the XX century during the fascist dictatorship of Salazar. The complex consists of the castle itself (castelejo), some auxiliary buildings, gardens and a large terrace. A magnificent panorama of Lisbon opens from here. That's why we came here...
Written 27 December 2020
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6 contributions
Good view
Nov 2020 • Couples
The view the view the view. Its all about the view.
It is so colorful and beautiful to watch from the top.
Written 20 December 2020
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Richmond, VA513 contributions
Simply breath taking views of the city at sunset, and a well preserved Moorish castle from the 15th century
Nov 2020 • Solo
Was a bit of a walk, as even the taxi was not allowed all the way there, as streets are limited to local residence (public transport stop at the entranceway though, and only 5 minutes from where Uber and taxis drop you). Let me say the grounds are well kept, structure intact, and very sound. Nice to experience the layout of such a historical place and the noticeable dedication to security they built the things around. But the best part is the terrace park as soon as you actually enter, with amazing views of the Tagus River, sprawling city, and overpoweringly majestic view being so high above the city gives you. Only €10 entrance fee, and closed at 6pm (they are very good with the COVID restrictions right now) and I cannot say enough about the perspective you get of the city. Simply breath taking. Museum was a bit small, and limited pieces, but still an overall must see place.
Written 26 November 2020
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