Monday, March 20, 2017

Views from Castelo de São Jorge

Castelo de São Jorge (Saint George Castle to us Yankees) is a Moorish castle occupying a commanding hilltop overlooking the historic center of the Lisbon and Tagus River. The strongly fortified citadel dates from medieval period of Portuguese history.

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

Below is the Portuguese flag (left) and the flag of the City of Lisbon (right).

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

The first fortifications on this hilltop date from the 2nd century BC. As good ideas tend to stick, the hill was first used by indigenous Celtic tribes, then by Phoenicians, Greeks, and Carthaginians as a defensible outpost. As time went on, other’s like the idea of having a for on this hill. Roman, Suebic, Visigothic, and Moorish peoples all took advantage of the great views. During the 10th century, the fortifications were rebuilt by Muslim Berber forces.

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

 

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

Hmmm. I think I see my hotel from up here.

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

3 comments:

Margaret Adamson said...

I like the shot looking over the roof tops towards the sea.

Carol Mattingly said...

Beautiful. Carol

The Furry Gnome said...

Never been to Portugal. Looks beautiful.

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