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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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  • Very cool castle remnants but half the fun is getting there. Lots of stairs or steep inclines..or you could take the bus or the tram. We found the walk interesting. The history of the castle and the.....  more
    Very cool castle remnants but half the fun is getting there. Lots of stairs or steep inclines..or you could take the bus or the tram. We found the walk interesting. The history of the castle and the.....  more »
  • Every castle is different and interesting in its own way. This one provided great views of the city, steps to climb, towers to enter and courtyards to wander. We didn't take a guided tour which... 
    Every castle is different and interesting in its own way. This one provided great views of the city, steps to climb, towers to enter and courtyards to wander. We didn't take a guided tour which...  more »
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  • Very well preserved castle and keep. The trek to the castle is a bit, but if you walked through Lisbon for a couple of days, it won't seem bad. You can easily buy tickets online and save the time (quite the queue when we were) by going straight to the turnstiles. The views of Lisbon are magnificent and you get refreshments on site. There are toilets on site and a souvenir shop. A museum and an archaeological site to cover the historic preservation of the site. All in all great couple of hours spent.
  • Nice big castle where you can walk along the walls and get amazing views of the city. However there’s not much information or history to engage with except a few signs and a small museum with some pottery. There are also some peacocks wandering around. Overall I still really enjoyed it and felt it was worth the 10 euro ticket price.

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