PANORAMIC LISBON: São Jorge Castle and The Monument to the Discoveries (Castelo de São Jorge and Padrão dos Descobrimentos)
Enjoy two of the best views of Lisbon and take your time to uncover some of the history behind them.
At the top of its tallest hill stands the castle of São Jorge. The Lisbon immense estuary can be seen from the 360 view of the city, to the east the labyrinthine neighbourhood of “Alfama” emerges and to the west the “Baixa Pombalina” quadrants can be spotted as well as the imposing “Comércio” Square, “Rossio” and the “Carmo” ruins, to the north, “Avenidas Novas” takes place.
Those who haven´t been to the castle have not seen Lisbon.
To the west, close to the Tagus river mouth, stands the Monument to the Discoveries, honoured to the Portuguese navigators. From its viewpoint take the opportunity to look at the unique panoramic of all of “Belem-Ajuda”, the Imperial square, its monuments and parks, and the beautiful Tagus river rushing into vast sea.
About the São Jorge Castle (Caste de São Jorge):
The “Castelo de São Jorge” is a common location to learn about and appreciate the patrimony and the history of the city of Lisbon in its permanent exhibition, but also great to explore the remains of the Islamic influence during the XI century in the archaeological site, discover hidden views of the city in the dark chamber,
walk through the charming parks, take a break at the Castle esplanade, admire the peacocks around it, join guided tours or simply get enchanted by the music, theatre, dance that are joyfully making the day for those who visit this outstanding monument in Lisbon.
About the Monument to the Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos):
One of the ex-LIBRIS of the city, the Monument to the Discoveries is located in an area of great historical influences. It was built in 1940 for the National World Exhibition. With 56 meters in height, it is possible to reach the top by an elevator. At the entrance, engraved in the pavement, a massive 50 meter in diameter wind rose showing a plan sphere of the route taken by the Portuguese navigators throughout the globe.
Facing the “Padrão dos Descobrimentos” (Monument to the Discoveries), in the imperial square, stands the “Mosteiro dos Jerónimos” (Jerónimos Monastery) dating from the XV/XVI centuries. [http://www.mosteirojeronimos.gov.pt/pt/index.php?s=white&pid=168&identificador=].
Next to it, the “Museu Nacional de Arqueologia”(National Museum of Archaeology) [http://www.patrimoniocultural.gov.pt/pt/museus-e-monumentos/rede-portuguesa/m/museu-nacional-de-arqueologia/]. And on the opposite side, the “Jardim Botânico Tropical” (Tropical Botanic Garden)[https://museus.ulisboa.pt/pt-pt/jardim-botanico-tropical also opened during the 1940 National World Exhibition.
55 minutes for the total trip in the 15-E tram or the714 bus.