São Jorge Castle is one of the most emblematic monuments of the Portuguese capital. Its privileged location offers stunning panoramic views of the city, the Tagus River and the surrounding hills. The castle is then a living testimony of Lisbon’s glorious past and plays a key role in Portugal’s history.
It was on the 25th of October 1147 that the Christian military contingent led by D. Afonso Henriques, after a siege of approximately four months, entered the city and hoisted the standard of Christianity.
Over the centuries, the São Jorge Castle has witnessed important events and conquests. That is, during the Middle Ages, inserted in what was once the noble zone, it served as a royal residence, stage for parties and some ceremonies.
At the time of the Age of Discovery, the castle played a strategic role in planning the maritime expeditions that put Portugal on the world map. Finally, during the Peninsular War, in the 19th century, the castle served as headquarters for British and Portuguese troops, resisting the attacks of Napoleonic forces.
This iconic symbol of Lisbon can be visited daily, being a place where you can enjoy the heritage and learn about its history. The Castle of S. Jorge rises in a dominant position on one of the high hills of the city, providing visitors with one of the most beautiful views over Lisbon and the river estuary.
In addition to the stunning views, São Jorge Castle offers a number of other attractions for visitors to enjoy. The castle gardens are a perfect place for a relaxing stroll, without any time limit, within the opening hours. In addition, the ticket also offers guided tours in Portuguese, English and Spanish to the Archaeological Nucleus and the Dark Chamber. With the ticket the visit to the Museum is free and at the end you can buy a different and exclusive product, available at the São Jorge Castle store.