Castelo São Jorge Lisbon Portugal

Castelo São Jorge  Lisbon

 

This is a view over the center of historic Lisbon (the Baixa) to the Castelo São Jorge on the Alfama hill to the East. The castle was Roman, then Visigothic, then Moorish. The view is from the cliff on the Western side of downtown (the Bairo Alto) where we usually stay. We’ve spent months in Lisbon and it is one of the places I feel most at home in. It’s like a tiny New York with people from everywhere and lots of neighborhoods to explore.

There are miradouros (scenic view platforms) all over Lisbon. This one had a palm tree in the foreground in silhouette because of the bright sun flooding the city. I thought that it made the landscape much more interesting to cut it with the tree-trunk in the foreground.

Oil on canvas