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Castle of São Jorge

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Castle of São Jorge.

Castle of São Jorge features in these preplanned City Guides:

3-day Lisbon City Guide5-day Lisbon City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Breathtaking views over the city
  • One of Lisbon's most notable attractions

Time required: 80 minutes

Phone: +351 21 880 0620

Opening hours:

Time period Opening hours
Mar - Oct: 9am - 9pm
Nov - Feb: 9am - 6pm


Ticket type Charge
General: 7 €
Under 10: Free

Public transport:

  • Tram Line 28: Largo Das Portas Do Sol stop

Address: Rua de Santa Cruz do Castelo, 1100-129 Lisbon

Things you need to know:

  • St. George's Castle is an imaginatively reconstructed fortress on top of the Alfama hill. Little of the original structure remained
  • The original castle dates back to Moorish times (10th century) when it served as a royal residence
  • King Afonso Henriques, Portugal's first king, seized the fort from the Moors in 1147 with the help of northern European crusaders traveling to the Holy land
  • After the Anglo-Portuguese Treaty of 1373 was singed the castle was dedicated to England's patron saint, St. George
  • It served as the Portuguese Royal palace unitl 1511 when the royal court moved to a new palace on Comércio Square (destroyed in the great earthquake of 1755)
  • St. George's castle was neglected and fell in despair. It was reconstructed in 1938
  • The castle provides one of the best views on Lisbon

What to do there:

  • Enter the castle through the Arch of St. George
  • Walk around the outer terrace for the most breathtaking views of the city
  • Continue to the inner castle courtyards and climb the walls to get an amazing 360 degree view

Tips & Insights:

  • Discount with Lisboa Card

Castle of São Jorge features in these preplanned City Guides: