Ola! Bom dia a todos! Hello! Good day to everyone!
My background is Portuguese – both my mother and father were born and raised there, however, they came over to Canada and I was born in Toronto. From a very young age, I would visit Portugal almost every summer so the Portuguese culture is very close to my heart.
More than half of my family lives in Portugal and I thought it would be nice to spend Christmas there and introduce everyone to my boyfriend – he was loved by everyone – it was absurd just how much he was adored!
We stayed in Portugal for two weeks and in those two weeks we had the opportunity to visit a few landmarks!
This is one of my favourite places to go in Lisbon. Not only is it a National Monument which includes the medieval fortress, composed of the castle, the remains of old royal palace and parts of residential areas, but the view from the top is absolutely STUNNING!!
WHAT TO SEE:
(All information taken from a brochure provided at the Castle)
~ Castle – “Built in the mid-11th century, during the Moorish period, this fortification is situated in the area most difficult to access at the top of the hill, making use of the natural slopes to the north and west. The purpose of the castle was to house military troops and in case of siege, the elite who lived in the alcáçova (citadel)”.
~ Archaeological Site – “These archaeological ruins show evidence of the three significant periods in the history of Lisbon: 1) the first known settlements dating back to the 7th century B.C; 2) the remnants of the Moorish era residential area, from the time of the castle’s construction in the mid-11th century; 3) the ruins of the last palatine residence in the former alcáçova, destroyed by the earthquake of 1755”.
~ Permanent Exhibition – “Open for visitation, the collection consists of objects found in the archaeological area and provides an introduction to the various cultures and lifestyles from the 7th century B.C. to the 18th century which contributed to building modern-day Lisbon, with particular emphasis on the Moorish period from the 11th-12th centuries”.
~ Camera Obscura – “This camera obscura, an optical system of lenses and mirrors, provides 360 degree detailed views of the city in real time, including its monuments, most emblematic areas, the river and the bustle of Lisbon itself”.
~ Viewpoint – “Due to its exceptional location, Castelo de S. Jorge stands out among Lisbon’s belvederes for its unique and majestic sights”.
Have you visited Portugal before? What was your favourite tourist attraction?