Schedules, prices and history of Saint George Castel

Morada: Castelo de São Jorge in Rua de Santa Cruz. 1100-129 Lisbon.

Schedules of Castelo de São Jorge

    March to October from 9am to 9pm.
    November to February from 9am to 6pm.
    Close: January 1, May 1, 24, 25 and 31 of December.

Saint George Castel ticket

  • Ticket : 15,00 euros.
  • Until 12 years : Free.
  • 13 to 25 years : 7,50 euros.
  • Disabled person + assistant : 12,50 euros.
  • + 65 years : 12,50 euros.

History of Saint George Castle

The fortification, built by Muslims in the mid-11th century, was the last stronghold of defense for the elites living in the citadel, the Moorish Mayor, whose palace was nearby, and the city’s administrative elites.
After the conquest of Lisbon, on October 25, 1147, by Dom Afonso Henriques, first king of Portugal, until the beginning of the 16th century, São Jorge Castle experienced its golden period as a courtly space. The old buildings from the Islamic period were adapted and expanded to accommodate the King, the Court, the Bishop and install the royal archive in one of the castle’s towers. Transformed into a royal palace by the kings of Portugal in the 13th century, São Jorge Castle was the place chosen to receive illustrious national and foreign characters, to hold parties and to acclaim themselves Kings throughout the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries.
With the integration of Portugal into the Crown of Spain, in 1580, the Castle of S. Jorge acquired a military character, until the beginning of the 20th century. The spaces were reconverted. However, it was after the Lisbon earthquake of 1755, with the appearance of new buildings that hid the older ruins.
With the restoration works of 1938-40, the castle and the remains of the former royal palace were rediscovered. The castle regains its grandeur and is returned to the enjoyment of citizens.

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