A pleasant picnic in a great company!
Summer days are almost over. How about having a picnic to enjoy the last days of summer? Seems great! So, join us on the next 17th of September. Our Portuguese language school will organize a picnic at Castelo de São Jorge.
Located on the highest hill in Lisbon, the Castelo de São Jorge allows us to take a trip back in time. The Castelo de São Jorge, located in the old medieval citadel, was inhabited by Moors who fortified it for their defence. When D. Afonso Henriques took the castle in 1147, expelled the Muslims and opened the castle doors to Christians. Thus, the king and the court move to São Jorge Castle, later turning it into the Royal Palace. The king D. João I dedicated the castle to Saint George. According to the legend, Saint George defeated the dragon, symbol of the evil.
This will be the perfect time to enjoy different foods and to meet new people. When we have a picnic in Portugal, we usually bring something to eat or to drink. You can participate in this Portuguese tradition by bringing something to share with other students and teachers!
Inside the castle, you can also visit the museum. It has a collection of objects belonging to the different peoples that inhabited the castle area throughout the ages. Noteworthy are the Islamic objects, coming from the strong Muslim occupation before the conquest of D. Afonso Henriques.
Besides, through a darkroom located in one tower of the castle, we discover Lisbon from a new perspective! It is through a periscope that we can observe the city, in real time and with a 360º angle.