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St. George Castle

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St George Castle dominates the horizon of the Lisbon city center in Portugal. Castelo St George sits atop one of the seven hills in a commanding position looking over the old Lisbon downtown area. Lisbon monuments such as Rua Augusta Arch sit below you at the bottom of the hill.St George Castle dominates the horizon of the Lisbon city center in Portugal. Castelo St George sits atop one of the seven hills in a commanding position looking over the old Lisbon downtown area. Lisbon monuments such as Rua Augusta Arch sit below you at the bottom of the hill.

The original settlement on this site in Lisbon city center dates back to 48BC. Castelo St George has been in place since the 6th century when it was fortified by Roman Visigoths and eventually the Moors used it as a Royal seat of residence until the 11th century. Did you know Lisbon is older than Rome?

Today, Castelo St George welcomes tourist on mass as they make there way up the hill to the gate. Visitors will be rewarded with one of, if not the best viewpoint in Lisbon. The outer walls let you view Lisbon in a 180-degree arc. Say hello to the statue King Afonso in the adjacent courtyard seemingly still overlooking his royal palace.

Further exploration will find the remains of the AlcaƧovas Palace complex where you can walk the walls, and an archaeological museum to discover artifacts found on site. Castelo st George should be one of your first stops when visiting Lisbon.

By Mark Wyld from Wyld Family Travel

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