São Jorge Castle

São Jorge Castle: Top Tours & Activities

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About São Jorge Castle

The Castle of São Jorge, located on the top of a hill in the city of Lisbon, is a huge building that joins elements of medieval and Muslim architecture. The castle was built around the 11th century by the Arabs who inhabited the region, and functioned as a fortress to the citadel of the elite. When the Portuguese conquered Lisbon in the 13th century, they baptized him in honor of St. George, the patron of the Portuguese army, and enlarged and adapted the castle to be the royal residence of royalty. In the following centuries, the Castle of São Jorge undergoes physical and functional changes, and barely survives the earthquake of Lisbon of 1755. The Castle was restored and reformed several times, its rooms and ruins changed of function, in the last centuries had basically military function. Since the twentieth century, due to the archaeological explorations in place, the Castle of St. George has acquired recognition of its historical value and today is a Portuguese National Monument, and the most visited monument of the year of Portugal. It has an archaeological site with vestiges of the Arab citadel inside the walls and also of the last palace residence, destroyed in the earthquake. In addition, there is a permanent exhibition inside the Castle. Those who visit it should still enjoy the view of the belvedere, one of the best in the whole city. It is open 7 days a week and is a must see attraction in Lisbon.

What People Are Saying

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"Heerlijke boottocht met mooi zicht op de stad. Angelo en zijn assistente hebben gezorgd voor lekker eten, drank en amusement. Een aanrader!!!"
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"Great tour, boat was roomy and comfortable it can fit 12 passengers easily. English was on point and the tour guide pointed out all of the famous places and explained the history behind them."
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"This is was the highlight of our holiday. Such a fun, relaxed way to travel. Tatiana so helpful and attended to everything we needed. Can’t recommend highly enough"
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"We saw them in Belem and I did not even want to believe it. It's an amazing thing, I've tried Segway, but this kind of Segway is brilliant, and it's seated! My kids are 10 and 16 years old, and finding a same experience that is fun for both of them is very difficult! It was fun from start to finish, I guess we have not laughed like this for centuries. Thanks to the team, they were all very attentive. The ride between their stations is brilliant ( they have 3), besides being a fun, a different experience, still serves as a transport between the different districts of Lisbon."
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"We only had 1 full day in Lisbon and this tour was just perfect. There were 4 of us and we had the van to ourselves. Andre, our tour guide/driver/host was great! He was knowledgeable, entertaining and caring, always thinking of our comfort. He picked us up half an hour early which gave us more time to relax, freshen up and get ready for our dinner. Thank you Andre for a wonderful time!"
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"Ótima opção para quem quer conhecer Lisboa em seus detalhes, o guia Eduardo que nos mostrou a cidade é excelente. Com essa experiência passamos a conhecer Lisboa e não apenas ver Lisboa, como é o habitual. Saber a história de cada ponto e detalhes das inúmeras igrejas que a cidade possui. Recomendo."

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