Arco do Castelo de São Jorge, entrance to the Castelo neighborhood on Rua do Chão da Feira, Alfama, Lisbon

Arco do Castelo de São Jorge, entrance to the Castelo neighborhood on Rua do Chão da Feira, Alfama, Lisbon

Castle District

The Castelo neighborhood is one of the most noble and well-known historic neighborhoods in Lisbon and has a unique characteristic: it only has one entrance and one exit. In this neighborhood, it is possible to travel to Lisbon of the Middle Ages by strolling through the narrow, winding and labyrinthine streets and alleys that resisted the Earthquake of November 1, 1755. The Bairro do Castelo, although small in area, has its own life with shops , apartments, hotels and cultural spaces. Lisbon was born in São Jorge Castle, and is currently the most visited monument in the country. The Castelo de São Jorge is a viewpoint of excellence in the Portuguese capital. From Castelo de São Jorge it is possible to observe meticulously various areas of the city, namely Alfama, Graça, Chiado, Carmo, Avenida da Liberdade and Mouraria. The Bairro do Castelo is much sought after by foreigners to live due to the typical neighborhood that it still maintains, security and tranquility.

Streets of the Castelo neighborhood facing the entrance to the Castle of São Jorge

Streets of the Castelo neighborhood facing the entrance to the Castle of São Jorge

building declared a municipal heritage. The Castelo district and the surrounding neighborhoods decorate the streets during the popular festivities in Lisbon. The residents of these neighborhoods are the big fans of Lisbon parties, and it is in these neighborhoods that the parties take place

building declared a municipal heritage. The Castelo district and the surrounding neighborhoods decorate the streets during the popular festivities in Lisbon. The residents of these neighborhoods are the big fans of Lisbon parties, and it is in these neighborhoods that the parties take place

Building of noble architecture in the Castelo district, with high doors and a facade decorated with tiles

Building of noble architecture in the Castelo district, with high doors and a facade decorated with tiles

Building built on a sloping street in the Castelo neighborhood.

Building built on a sloping street in the Castelo neighborhood.

The Castle is administered by the Santa Maria Maior Parish Council.

Places to visit in the Castelo neighborhood

  • São Jorge Castle
Statue of São Jorge, located at the entrance to the Castle. The name of São Jorge was chosen by King Dom João I in the 14th century to baptize the then Castle of Lisbon, due to being considered the warrior saint, patron of knights and soldiers.

Statue of São Jorge, located at the entrance to the Castle. The name of São Jorge was chosen by King Dom João I in the 14th century to baptize the then Castle of Lisbon, due to being considered the warrior saint, patron of knights and soldiers.

Statue of D. Afonso Henriques located at the entrance of the Castle of São Jorge, in the castle's garden, next to the viewpoint

Statue of D. Afonso Henriques located at the entrance of the Castle of São Jorge, in the castle’s garden, next to the viewpoint

Southwest view of São Jorge Castle, with the Tagus river, the 25 de Abril bridge, downtown Lisbon, boats on the river and the south bank of the river

Southwest view of São Jorge Castle, with the Tagus river, the 25 de Abril bridge, downtown Lisbon, boats on the river and the south bank of the river

View, from the Castle of São Jorge, of the Church and Convent of Graça in the district of Graça

View, from the Castle of São Jorge, of the Church and Convent of Graça in the district of Graça

View of Martim Moniz from São Jorge Castle

View of Martim Moniz from São Jorge Castle

View of the northern part of the city of Lisbon from the walls of Castelo de São Jorge.

View of the northern part of the city of Lisbon from the walls of Castelo de São Jorge.

Bronze cannon in São Jorge Castle, the old artillery that defended the city of Lisbon

Bronze cannon in São Jorge Castle, the old artillery that defended the city of Lisbon

South view from the Castle of São Jorge, with Alfama, the church of São Vicente de Fora, the National Pantheon, the Tagus river, and Alcochete on the south bank

South view from the Castle of São Jorge, with Alfama, the church of São Vicente de Fora, the National Pantheon, the Tagus river, and Alcochete on the south bank

Statue of D. Manuel I, known as "O Venturoso" (1469-1521)

Statue of D. Manuel I, known as “O Venturoso” (1469-1521)

Statues in the grounds of São Jorge Castle

Statues in the grounds of São Jorge Castle

  • Belmonte Palace
  • Largo do Chão da Feira
  • Costa do Castelo
  • Church of Santa Cruz do Castelo
  • Pátio Dom Fradique
  • São Lourenço Tower

Location of the Parish of Santa Maria Maior (Castelo) on the map of Lisbon

Santa Maria Maior parish location on the map of Lisbon

Santa Maria Maior parish location on the map of Lisbon

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