The Castelo de São Jorge is a heavily fortified Moorish castle that dates back to medieval times and that sits atop the highest point of the city. The castle served as the royal palace when Lisbon became the capital of the kingdom in the mid 13th Century. Throughout the centuries it has suffered from earthquakes, abandonment and careless reconstructions. Today however, it is a quiet and cool breezy respite from the bustle of downtown Lisbon. The castle is known for its views over the city and the Tagus River and is best visited on a sunny day. Visitors can stroll in the gardens where domesticated peacocks, geese, and ducks freely roam.
*The former royal residence also houses a small archaeological museum with some interesting artifacts found on-site.
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