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Castelo de Sao Jorge (Lisbon)

Castelo de Sao Jorge (Lisbon)

 

 

 

Porta de S. Jorge, Rua do Chao da Feira
Tel. 21- 880 06 20
Bus: 37

Trolley: 28

 

 

 

 

Description of Castelo de Sao Jorge or Castle of Saint George

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Castelo de Sao Jorge or Castle of Saint George is a magnificent medieval fortification that stands on a strategic hill overlooking city below. First human settlement on a site of a modern day Castelo de Sao Jorge or Castle of Saint George date back to 6th century BC. Various artefacts from different civilizations were discovered here including Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Celtics, Greeks, Romans, Suebic, Visigoths and finally Moors or Arabs who constructed this citadel. The city was conquered by the Christian armies under command of King Afonso Henriques during Reconquest in 1147.

 

Legend claims that a small unit of knights approached the castle. Arabs who saw the enemy approach tried to close the doors to the fortress. However a brave warrior Martim Moniz threw himself in the doorway. He was killed, but the Moors didn't get a chance to completely close the gate doors. Today Castle of Saint George is one of the most visited attractions in Lisbon.

 

The cult of St. George came to Portugal after the conclusion of the Windsor Treaty: George the Victorious is considered the patron saint of England. The castle remained a royal residence until in the 16th century the Ribeira palace was built on the Market Square, which was later destroyed by the Lisbon earthquake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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