An eventful time at the Castelo de S. Jorge – Part 1
If you are planning to make a great trip to the wonderful capital city of Portugal, you will definitely like to take a tour of some of the most interesting sites and museums, so let’s prepare for an eventful time at the Castelo de S. Jorge in Lisbon.
One of the most persistent and beautiful symbols of Lisbon is the wonderful medieval St. George’s Castle (Castelo de S. Jorge). The castle is perched on a hilltop towering over the quiet city below. It also dominates the old citadel and has stood the test of time and that of the elements, being one of the few structures to withstand the great earthquake of 1755.
The citadel was built by the moors in the 11th century as a defensive fort, but began its golden age with the Reconquista. When Don Afonso Henriques conquered Lisbon back in 1147 and became the first king of Portugal, he also took over the Castle and made it home to the royals.
Today, the Castelo (with its beautiful partly restored ruins) is the greatest point to look over the city and admire it while taking some great pictures of the valley below. It also serves as a great place for events and festivities. A lot of people come here to learn all about the local history, the stories of the castle and to enjoy concerts, exhibitions and shows.
This autumn and winter, there are still a lot of events in store for those willing to enjoy the castle’s atmosphere and connect with the history of a truly unique spot.
But since it is late now, we will end our first story here, not without advising you to rent a car in Lisbon to enjoy all that the city has to over. Next time, we will go through some of the events in store for the end of this year.