Castle of Sao Jorge

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Castle of Sao Jorge
Castle of Sao Jorge (2004)

Castle of Sao Jorge (2004)

Creation time : before the 11th century
Castle type : Hilltop castle
Conservation status: Receive
Place: Lisbon
Geographical location 38 ° 42 '50 "  N , 9 ° 8' 1"  W Coordinates: 38 ° 42 '50 "  N , 9 ° 8' 1"  W.
Castelo de São Jorge (Portugal)
Castle of Sao Jorge

The Castelo de São Jorge is a fortress with integrated castle ruins in Lisbon and is one of the city's many attractions.


The castle was built by the Moors , who lost it to Alfonso the Conqueror in 1147 . It was then used as a royal castle for centuries. The royal collection of documents was located in a tower of the castle, the Torre do Tombo . In 1755 the castle was largely destroyed in the Lisbon earthquake .

Excavations from Phoenician, Roman and Moorish times in the Castelo de São Jorge

The area extends to around 6,000 m². The complex includes several towers, guard posts, a moat, excavations from Phoenician , Roman and Moorish times, as well as two large squares that invite you to linger and play boules or dominoes .

The observation deck of the fortress allows a wide view of the entire city and the Tagus . The so-called pointed arch house with five pointed arches is of historical interest and worth seeing . You can see, among other things, a carved door from the 17th century decorated with arabesques . In addition, a prison used to be housed here.

In 1943, the former UFA actor Artur Duarte made a successful comedy set in the castle district with O Costa do Castelo .

Web links

Commons : Castelo de São Jorge  - collection of images