This old castle, São Jorge, is likely one of the oldest, historical sites to visit in Lisbon. The hill that St George Castle is situated on, was previously inhabited by the Celtic tribe, the Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians and Romans. This site was built in the 10th century as a protection against invading groups; the first walls were built in order to do this. Centuries later, the castle survived through many earthquakes, sieges and even the ever-changing rulers. Through all of these unprecedented eras, it was still able to keep to its character. In a more civilised period, that we relatively enjoy now, you would likely agree that this hill no doubt had a very primary function.
A defending Castle
The first sign of inhabitants in the valley, where the capital of Portugal is located, now dates back to the 6th century BC. The archaeologists revealed that in the year 48 BC, the hill where Saint George Castle stood was occupied and it was at this time that Lisbon was a Roman municipally.
We walked there for almost two hours viewing the castle from different perspectives. The history was almost touchable. When we turned our eyes from the São Jorge Castle and towards the city, we were certain that we were still in the 21st century. The remarkable views were breath-taking along with the bustling atmosphere and the dynamic city life – it was all right under our feet. It was very difficult for me to find the right composition, especially when my aim was to present the two elements – the contemporary capital, with the defending castle’s history.
And finally at last, I found this contrast…
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