Walls of the Saint George Castle (Castelo de Sao Jorge) at Rua do Chao da Feira

Walls of the Saint George Castle (Castelo de Sao Jorge) at Rua do Chao da Feira

A photo of a soldier is created by using the tiles (azulejo)

A photo of a soldier is created by using the tiles (azulejo)

Largo do Chao da Feira is a door in the walls of the castle on street with the same name

Largo do Chao da Feira is a door in the walls of the castle on street with the same name

This door was built in 1846 and this is the first point of entry into the castle

This door was built in 1846 and this is the first point of entry into the castle

A statue of Saint George, who was a Roman soldier, was killed for his belief in Christianity in the 3rd century

A statue of Saint George, who was a Roman soldier, was killed for his belief in Christianity in the 3rd century

Some of the tourists walking beside the defensive walls of the castle

Some of the tourists walking beside the defensive walls of the castle

This castle is built on hill, overlooking the city of Lisbon - in the summer months, this climb can be a hard work

This castle is built on hill, overlooking the city of Lisbon - in the summer months, this climb can be a hard work

An open space in front of the ticket office

An open space in front of the ticket office

Plants are sitting on wall, in front of the houses, beside the ticket office

Plants are sitting on wall, in front of the houses, beside the ticket office

Ticket office of the castle, it is opened from 09:00 to 21:00 during high season and 09:00 to 18:00 during low season

Ticket office of the castle, it is opened from 09:00 to 21:00 during high season and 09:00 to 18:00 during low season

Largo do Chao da Feira seen from the walls of the castle

Largo do Chao da Feira seen from the walls of the castle

In the mid 11th century, Muslims built the fortifications of this castle, a Muslim governor lived nearby in a palace

In the mid 11th century, Muslims built the fortifications of this castle, a Muslim governor lived nearby in a palace

The reconstructed castle and its battlements are based on the 11th century Muslim design

The reconstructed castle and its battlements are based on the 11th century Muslim design

Dom Afonso Henriques conquered Lisbon on October 25th, 1147 as part of the Second Crusade

Dom Afonso Henriques conquered Lisbon on October 25th, 1147 as part of the Second Crusade

Alfonso’s mercenary army consisted of drunks and thieves and after the victory they ransacked the city

Alfonso’s mercenary army consisted of drunks and thieves and after the victory they ransacked the city

A statue of King Alfonso Henriques sits in the middle of the courtyard, surrounded by trees

A statue of King Alfonso Henriques sits in the middle of the courtyard, surrounded by trees

After the victory of Afonso Henriques, it was feared that the Muslim army will attack them again so the defense of the castle was strengthened

After the victory of Afonso Henriques, it was feared that the Muslim army will attack them again so the defense of the castle was strengthened

Later, other kings also increased the strength of the defensive system of the castle

Later, other kings also increased the strength of the defensive system of the castle

A young couple showing their affection, in front of the firing line of a cannon

A young couple showing their affection, in front of the firing line of a cannon

The Sao Jorge Castle is known for having amazing views of Lisbon

The Sao Jorge Castle is known for having amazing views of Lisbon

This castle had played an important role in the history of the city even in the 19th century, military installations covered the entire monument area

This castle had played an important role in the history of the city even in the 19th century, military installations covered the entire monument area

After a restoration work carried out from 1938-40, this castle was opened for public use

After a restoration work carried out from 1938-40, this castle was opened for public use

A view of the River Tejo (River Tagus) and the Ponte 25 de Abril

A view of the River Tejo (River Tagus) and the Ponte 25 de Abril

This is the famous Santa Just Lift of Lisbon, seen from the ramparts of the castle

This is the famous Santa Just Lift of Lisbon, seen from the ramparts of the castle

Skeleton of the Carmo Convent (Convento do Carmo) is also visible from the castle

Skeleton of the Carmo Convent (Convento do Carmo) is also visible from the castle

Rooftops of Lisbon and some of the famous monuments can be seen in this photo

Rooftops of Lisbon and some of the famous monuments can be seen in this photo

A statue of Christ the King can be seen to the left, to its right lies the Ponte 25 de Abril

A statue of Christ the King can be seen to the left, to its right lies the Ponte 25 de Abril

The 25 de Abril Bridge is a suspension bridge which connects Lisbon with the municipality of Almada

The 25 de Abril Bridge is a suspension bridge which connects Lisbon with the municipality of Almada

The construction work began on 5 November 1962 and the bridge was inaugurated on 6 August 1966

The construction work began on 5 November 1962 and the bridge was inaugurated on 6 August 1966

Roof of the Rua Augusta Arch, beside the Praca do Comercio

Roof of the Rua Augusta Arch, beside the Praca do Comercio

This is one of the two towers which sit on the two ends of the Praca do Comercio

This is one of the two towers which sit on the two ends of the Praca do Comercio

A view of the Praca do Comercio  with the statue of Joseph I of Portugal  in the middle

A view of the Praca do Comercio with the statue of Joseph I of Portugal in the middle

Two towers like structures, which form the entrance of the Lisbon Cathedral

Two towers like structures, which form the entrance of the Lisbon Cathedral

A view of the Lisbon's rooftop with the River Tagus in the background

A view of the Lisbon's rooftop with the River Tagus in the background

Figueira Square seen from the walls of the Sao Jorge Castle

Figueira Square seen from the walls of the Sao Jorge Castle

Groups of school children roaming around is one of the common sights in the castle

Groups of school children roaming around is one of the common sights in the castle

A glass of wine and a bit of chit chat with the seller

A glass of wine and a bit of chit chat with the seller

These structures are left between the main keep and the defensive walls of the castle

These structures are left between the main keep and the defensive walls of the castle

It appears to be that at one stage in the past, these arches were part of a building

It appears to be that at one stage in the past, these arches were part of a building

After the arches and just before the restaurant, there is an opening which brings visitors to the other side of the castle

After the arches and just before the restaurant, there is an opening which brings visitors to the other side of the castle

A fountain beside the walkway which connects the museum and cafe area with the ramparts

A fountain beside the walkway which connects the museum and cafe area with the ramparts

A statue of a naked woman in the grounds of the castle

A statue of a naked woman in the grounds of the castle

There was no name written beside theisstatue, does it refer to anyone or just a random statue, hard to tell

There was no name written beside theisstatue, does it refer to anyone or just a random statue, hard to tell

Looking back at the path which connects two parts of the castle

Looking back at the path which connects two parts of the castle

There is a cafe inside the castle, it was busy with the tourists and birds alike

There is a cafe inside the castle, it was busy with the tourists and birds alike

A peacock and a pigeon looking for an opportunity to get free lunch

A peacock and a pigeon looking for an opportunity to get free lunch

Here, a hen seems to be ejoying her surroundings

Here, a hen seems to be ejoying her surroundings

Another one sitting at a wall

Another one sitting at a wall

Its time for a bird's eye view for these peacocks

Its time for a bird's eye view for these peacocks

Casa do Leao (House of the Lion) is the name of the restaurant inside the castle

Casa do Leao (House of the Lion) is the name of the restaurant inside the castle

It is said that a lion used to be kept in this building, hence the name of the restaurants suggests

It is said that a lion used to be kept in this building, hence the name of the restaurants suggests

A statue of Manuel I of Portugal (1469-1521)

A statue of Manuel I of Portugal (1469-1521)

This is the Palace Tower of the castle

This is the Palace Tower of the castle

This side of the walls and towers of the castle are visible from the Lisbon city

This side of the walls and towers of the castle are visible from the Lisbon city

These towers are part of the outer defensive system of the castle

These towers are part of the outer defensive system of the castle

Moat of the castle - as this photos shows that Sao Jorge Castle was well protected with its walls and towers

Moat of the castle - as this photos shows that Sao Jorge Castle was well protected with its walls and towers

Tower of Ulysses sits to the left at the entrance of the castle

Tower of Ulysses sits to the left at the entrance of the castle

Barbican was also used to protect the castle

Barbican was also used to protect the castle

The Barbican Gate has a drawbridge which can be pulled in (not functional anymore)

The Barbican Gate has a drawbridge which can be pulled in (not functional anymore)

Looking at the strong chains of the drawbridge

Looking at the strong chains of the drawbridge

One of the closed doors of the castle - the ramparts of the castle can be visited all the way to the archaeological parts of the castle

One of the closed doors of the castle - the ramparts of the castle can be visited all the way to the archaeological parts of the castle

In the part of the castle, there are remains from the Iron Age (7th - 3rd century BC)

In the part of the castle, there are remains from the Iron Age (7th - 3rd century BC)

It also has remains from the Islamic era, 11th-12th century

It also has remains from the Islamic era, 11th-12th century

Looking back at the towers of Keep and the Barbican Gate

Looking back at the towers of Keep and the Barbican Gate

Interior of the castle has very little to show but apart from its towers

Interior of the castle has very little to show but apart from its towers

Grass grown in one of the open areas of the castle

Grass grown in one of the open areas of the castle

The interior of the castle forms two main courtyards, which are dominated by the towers

The interior of the castle forms two main courtyards, which are dominated by the towers

Nearly all sections of the castle are open to public and it is worthwhile to spend the time in here

Nearly all sections of the castle are open to public and it is worthwhile to spend the time in here

There is also a cistern and a treason gate between the Palace Tower and ramparts

There is also a cistern and a treason gate between the Palace Tower and ramparts

Looking at the imposing walls and towers of the castle

Looking at the imposing walls and towers of the castle

Now, its time to leave and I passed the cafe once more and saw a mother with her chick

Now, its time to leave and I passed the cafe once more and saw a mother with her chick

Male peacock was still actively searching for his next meal

Male peacock was still actively searching for his next meal

And it started to rain and few umbrelas went up

And it started to rain and few umbrelas went up