Our 2018 Trip to Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal: A Guide to Exploring Europe's Oldest City

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Travel Tile This was our second major "target" for our week in Portugal;; neither of us had ever been here before, we have Portuguese immediate family members & relatives, and we wanted to explore everything we could! Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal, with an estimated population of 508,368 within its administrative limits in an area of 100.05 square kilometers.

Lisbon's urban area extends beyond the city's administrative limits with a population of around 2.0 million people, being the 10th-most populous urban area in the European Union. About 2.8 million people live in the Lisbon metropolitan area, which represents approximately 27% of the country's population. It is mainland Europe\'s westernmost capital city and the only one along the Atlantic coast. Lisbon lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the River Tagus. The westernmost portions of its metro area, the Portuguese Riviera, form the westernmost point of Continental Europe, culminating at Cabo da Roca.

Besides our Portugal visit motivations due to family heritage, here are some other incredible reasons why we wanted to visit Lisbon;

  • The climate is perfect; Perched on the western edge of Europe, Lisbon is the continent’s sunniest capital city, boasting an average of 2,799 hours of sunshine a year, beating out Athens, which has 2,771 hours of sun a year.
  • It’s a foodie’s paradise; Nobody anywhere does custard tarts (or pastel de natas, as they’re called here) quite like Portugal. And perhaps nowhere in Portugal does them as well as Pasteis de Belém in Lisbon, which is why queues for the sweet, rich and perfectly crisp tarts often stretch out the door and down the street.
  • The coastal geography (as well as the city) is frequently stunning with the views of the cliffs.
  • The city is an architectural melting pot.
  • Lisbon opens into the broad River Tagus; the longest river on the Iberian Peninsula.
  • Beaches are just half an hour away.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Lisbon 

  • What is the Lisbon weather like? It has one of the mildest climates in Europe. Its southern geographic position gives it a climate similar to that of Mediterranean countries, while the moderating effect of the Atlantic Ocean prevents it from being too hot in the summer nor too cold in the winter. It is also very sunny, with about 260 days of sunshine a year.
  • Would I need a rental car in Lisbon? No, you don’t have to drive in Lisbon since most distances are small and most of the are is covered by public transport. Besides, hilly terrain and narrow streets can cause traffic jams. You might be unable to visit hidden corners in backstreets by car. Parking can be a challenge.
  • Is it safe in Lisbon? Lisbon is considered to be a safe city for residents as well as tourists. Portugal has a proven reputation for being one of the safer countries in Europe. The general crime rate is 24.26%, which is one of the lowest among the European capital cities. Take a look at this list displaying crime rates in European Cities.
  • Is the water safe to drink in Lisbon? Yes, drinking tap water in Portugal is considered safe in all regions and the water meets all EU standards. Lisbon tap water is of a medium hardness, rich in minerals and has chlorine added during treatment. It can have a strong taste, most Lisbon residents drink bottled water and use tap water for most everything else.
  • Is Lisbon expensive to Visit? You will find a range of price options for food, accommodation, and activities, to fit most budgets. The average daily cost for a tourist in Lisbon is around €100 to €150. This can significantly decrease if you opt for budget-friendly options like street food, free walking tours, and public transportation.
  • What is the weather like in Lisbon? From May to September, the weather is generally warm and dry, which means balmy evenings dining al fresco and trips to the nearby beaches. Late spring is also a good time to visit but can be rainy; Lisbon's wetter months extend from October through mid-May. Spring (April-May) and fall (September-October) offer pleasant weather with fewer crowds. Summer (June-August) can be hot and crowded, but ideal for enjoying the beaches. Here is a link to where you can view the average annual temperatures for Lisbon.
  • What is the best way to get around Lisbon? Lisbon has a well-developed public transportation system, including metro, buses, trams, and funiculars. Taxis are also readily available. There are the tuk-tuk guys and while the tuk tuk is not a traditional means of transport in Lisbon, or in Portugal for that matter, it turns out to be a very practical vehicle for getting around the steep and narrow streets of Lisbon. As just an example, the streets to São Jorge Castle from the Lisbon Cathedral are very steep and very narrow. We hired a tuk-tuk to take us to the Castle and we enjoyed the ride. Lisbon is one of the many locations in Portugal where the Uber rideshare app currently has operations.
  • What are some must-see attractions in Lisbon? Click any of these links to go to that section on this page; Jerónimos Monastery, Belém Tower, São Jorge Castle, Praça do Comércio, The National Pantheon, The Lisbon Cathedral, Alfama District (adjacent to The National Pantheon), and the Bairro Alto District (the Bica Funicular is located here). And if it is a hot day and you want to see an interesting place and hit the beach, take the train from Belem to Cascais like we did. Nice beach town and the train station is only two blocks from the beach.
  • What is the official currency in Lisbon? The Euro (EUR) is the official currency. Here is a Dollar to Euro calculator link.
  • What are the Lisbon Public Transport Prices? Current Prices are 1.50 euros for a single fare and 6.40 euros for 24-hours of unlimited travel. This fare includes all Lisbon buses and trams. The metro system has a total of four lines identifiable by colour and end-of-line names, which help you figure out what direction you should be heading to. Here is a link to a site that explains the system, prices and other valuable information about the Lisbon Transportation System.
  • What are the best places to stay in Lisbon? Lisbon currently has over 970 hotels, so it is difficult to provide a list of what is best and what is not best. Here is a Google Search Results list for places to stay ih Lisbon. You would have to map your cost requirements to hotel locations, etc.
  • What is the Best Credit Card to use in Lisbon? Most shops, restaurants, and hotels in Lisbon accept credit cards. Like many other destinations in Europe, it is very useful to keep cash on you (bills and change). An ATM in Portugal is commonly referred to as “multibanco” or “caixa automatica.” These ATMs in Portugal are not only used to withdraw money but also used to pay bills, buy movie tickets, or make account transfers. These machines can be found at most banks, airports, train stations, and shopping centers.
  • How long should I visit Lisbon? 3 or 4 days is a good length of time to fully discover Lisbon. Within that amount of time, you'll be able to explore all the main tourist attractions, experience the vibrant nightlife, sample some delicious foods and create wonderful memories of this amazing city. If you are going to visit Cascais and Sintra and your "home base" is in Lisbon, those are both day trips so you would have to add more time to explore those locations.
Ponte 25 de Abril Suspension Bridge       Map
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Image # 1 is a view of the famous suspension bridge from our apartment window in Belém, Portugal. Image # 2 (right) was taken from just west of the Belem Tower as we walked along the Tagus River walkway.

The suspension bridge closely resembles the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. The comparison is correct as the consortium that constructed the American bridge also constructed Ponte 25 de Abril. The Tagus River flows down from Lisbon all the way into Spain in the area of Toledo. Click here to view the Wiki Page for the Tagus River.

Once we unloaded our rental car and got settled into the apartment, we began our explorations of Lisbon! It had been a long day of driving, and even though the chore of lugging our baggage into our rental was tiring, we were glad to be out of the car!


The 25th of April Bridge ("Ponte 25 de Abril") Quick History Lesson:

This suspension bridge connects the city of Lisbon to the municipality of Almada on the left (south) bank of the Tagus river. It was inaugurated on August 6, 1966, and a train platform was added in 1999. It is often compared to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco because they are both suspension bridges of similar color. It was built by the American Bridge Company which constructed the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge, but not the Golden Gate. With a total length of 2,277 metres (7,470 ft), it is the 32nd largest suspension bridge in the world. The upper deck carries six car lanes, while the lower deck carries a double track railway electrified at 25 kV AC. Until 1974, the bridge was named Salazar Bridge. The name "25 de Abril" commemorates the Carnation Revolution.

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Pastéis de Belém       Map
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Our rental condo was approximately one kilometer from this incredible pastry shop. It has been named the most reviewed eatery in the world by TripAdvisor — and it will only cost you less than £1 to find out why so many travellers flock to it. We ate breakfast here every morning we were in Lisbon, and everything we had was very tasty! Their espresso was also quite good, and it was the best possible drink to have with your pastry. Click the link below to go to their website.

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Belem Tower Area       Map
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This area is just across the street from the Monastery, and it is a fascinating component of Portuguese history. The official name of the tower is "Tower of Saint Vincent" and it was constructed in the 16th-century and served as a point of embarkation and disembarkation for Portuguese explorers and as a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon.

The Belem Tower is a spiky sentinel guarding Lisbon's harbor. Imagine intricate carvings whispering past maritime battles, cannons pointing towards ocean adventures, and Manueline artistry swirling like waves on stone. Climb its battlements for salty breezes and city panoramas, explore its dungeons where Lisbon's secrets hide, and soak in the sun-kissed glory of Portugal's Age of Discovery. Belem Tower: where history whispers on the wind, stories dance in stone, and Lisbon's past meets its dazzling future.

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Day Trip to Cascais, Portugal       Map
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Since the European heatwave was still in effect, we decided to take the train to Cascais. The train station was adjacent to the Jerónimos Monastery, so it was just a short hike from our rental apartment. It takes about an hour to travel from the Belem area to Cascais, and in the morning it was a comfortable ride. We explored Cascais, had lunch and then returned to Belem. The train ride back was very uncomfortable, as by then it was the heat of the day and the train's air conditioning system could not keep up with the heat or the frequent opening of all the train doors. Suffice it to say that we were glad to get back to our rental condo and relax in an air conditioned space!

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Jerónimos Monastery
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This entire area of Belém is very walkable & pretty. The Monastery is immediately across the street from the Jardim da Praça do Império, and the Belém Tower is approximately one kilometer west of the park. Our VRBO apartment rental was 1.1 kilometers behind the Monastery near the Palácio da Calheta museum.
The Tagus River is approximately 1/2 kilometer south of the Monastery, with the Jardim da Praca in between the two.
NOTE: Click here to go to the Jerónimos Monastery website.
NOTE: Click here to go to the Jardim da Praça do Império Wikipedia page.

The Monastery also just happens to be "next door" to the Pastéis de Belém bakery, which makes the most incredible Pastéis de nata! (see the map link below, the bakery is two blocks east of the Monastery)

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Lisbon Transportation Systems
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There are a variety of public transportation methods in Lisbon, here is one of their tram cars, which are very popular with everyone. The red Tram Cars will take you on a "Lisbon hills tour", but it was crowded and this particular day was warm. So we decided on other transportation methods.

Note: there are red trams and there are yellow trams. The Remodelado trams are the quaint yellow trams that rattle and screech through the narrow streets of Lisbon, and the most scenic route is the E28, which crosses the Alfama district. An example of which can be seen in image # 2.

WARNING the E28 tram line is always crowded with tourists, so the golden rule is "go early" or you won't get on that tram. Even if you get on, it is usually standing room only.

IMAGE CREDITS: Image # 2 is the property of Travelinho via Wikimedia Commons using the CC BY-SA 3.0 license.

 Quick Tram System History Lesson 

The first tramway in Lisbon entered service on 17 November 1873, as a horse-drawn line. On 30 August 1901, Lisbon's first electric tramway commenced operations. Within a year, all of the city's tramways had been converted to electric traction.

Until 1959, the network of lines continued to be developed, and in that year it reached its greatest extent. At that time, there were 27 tram lines in Lisbon, of which six operated as circle lines. As the circle lines operated in both clockwise and anticlockwise directions, each with its own route number, it is more correct to speak of a total of 24 tram routes, all of them running on 900 mm (2 ft 11 7⁄16 in) narrow gauge tram lines.

Click here to view the complete Wikipedia article on the Lisbon Tram System.

An individual day pass currently costs €6.40 and allows unlimited travel over a 24-hour period on the entire bus, tram and metro network (€10.55 if you want to include Comboios de Portugal as well). If you're going to take more than five trips on the bus or metro on any given day, this is the best and easiest choice.

For a thorough description of the Lisbon public transportation systems and how to utilize them, click here for a good article at Trip Savvy.

Alfama District of Lisbon
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After our Tuk-Tuk tour had completed, we walked to the Alfama and strolled through the narrow streets and eventually ate lunch there. The district has many small shops & interesting locations for one to explore.

This is an interesting area to explore, ie; Indulge in culinary delights at traditional restaurants tucked away in hidden squares. Savor freshly caught seafood, sip on a glass of vinho verde (green wine), and relish the vibrant atmosphere. Alfama's aromas waft through the air, inviting you to embark on a delicious Portuguese adventure.

The Alfama's origins trace back to Roman settlements around the 2nd century BC. Its name itself likely derives from the Arabic word "al-ḥamma," meaning "hot springs" or "baths," hinting at the presence of Roman thermal baths in the area.

Over the centuries, Alfama has served as a melting pot of cultures. Jewish communities thrived here until the 15th century, leaving their mark on the district's fabric. Today, Alfama remains a vibrant neighborhood known for its tight-knit community, rich cultural heritage, and enduring spirit.

Click here to read a good article about the Alfama District.

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Arco da Rua Augusta

The Arco da Rua Augusta: is located in front of the Praça do Comércio, a very large plaza. It also serves as an entrance to the downtown commercial shopping area which is pedestrian-only, and contains a number of stores.

Baixa, or downtown Lisbon, is the heart of the city. It's the main shopping and banking district that stretches from the riverfront to the main avenue (Avenida da Liberdade), with streets named according to the shopkeepers and craftsmen who traded in the area. It was completely rebuilt after the Great Earthquake of 1755, with streets flanked by uniform, neoclassical buildings. This was Europe's first great example of neoclassical design and urban planning, and one of the finest European architectural achievements of the age (it's currently being considered to be listed as a World Heritage Site).


 Quick History Lesson 

The Rua Augusta Arch is a stone, triumphal arch-like, historical building and visitor attraction in Lisbon, Portugal, on the Praça do Comércio. It was built to commemorate the city's reconstruction after the 1755 earthquake. It has six columns (some 11 meters high) and is adorned with statues of various historical figures. Significant height from the arch crown to the cornice imparts an appearance of heaviness to the structure. The associated space is filled with the coat of arms of Portugal. The allegorical group at the top, made by French sculptor Célestin Anatole Calmels, represents Glory rewarding Valor and Genius.

Originally designed as a bell tower, the building was ultimately transformed into an elaborate arch after more than a century.

Click here to view the complete Wikipedia article about the Rua Augusta Arch, where the above information came from.
Comercio Square
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A description and images from our 2018 Trip to Portugal

The square opens onto Rua Augusta through the Arco da Rua Augusta arch (which on the Rua Augusta side has a clock with filigreed stone reliefs). This is a lively pedestrian street with mosaic pavements, outdoor cafés, international shops, and the occasional street artist and peddler.

Image #1 is the "city side" of the Rua Augusta Arch and if you click on that image, you will see that it is in the center of that picture. We had stopped during our walk to look back at the arch as we were window shopping.

Lisbon Cathedral

The Cathedral's full name is "Cathedral of Saint Mary Major" (AKA "Sé de Lisboa"). As we walked up the Largo da Sé on our way up to Castle Saint George. We were finding out that the hills were relentlessly increasing in steepness and we were still quite a ways from the Castle.

As we arrived here at the Cathedral, we noticed that it seemed to be a place where all the tuk-tuk drivers would park and wait for customers. A beautiful location with the Church of St. Anthony of Lisbon on one side of the street and the Cathedral on the corner. So we made the decision that it was a good location for us to switch from being "hikers" to "tuk-tuk passengers".
Click here to view the Cathedral's Wikipedia Page.

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Riding the Tuk-Tuks
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So we spoke to one of the Tuk-Tuk drivers to see if he spoke English, found that he was fluent and we decided to hire this guy to take us to the places we wanted to see, with Castle St. George being the first desired stop (it is a very long walk up a very tall hill, see image # 2). The driver was fluent in 4 languages and knew Lisbon very well, so we found that we had made a good choice.

These tuk-tuk vehicles (think golf cart with a big back seat) have a decided advantage getting around on narrow streets that turn into long steep uphills - they turn easily & quickly, you can park them in very narrow spots and they can go anywhere!

As the tuk-tuk proceeded up the hill, we realized immediately that we had made a good choice as the hills were very steep and there was little or no parking anywhere near the Castle. The tuk-tuks were small enough to be able to park just about anywhere (including sidewalks) !

St. George Castle Viewpoint Lisbon       Map
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São Jorge Castle, perched atop a hill in Lisbon, Portugal, stands as a testament to centuries of history and offers panoramic views of the city and the Tagus River. Dating back to the Moorish period, this iconic fortress has witnessed the evolution of Lisbon and played a pivotal role in its defense. The castle's imposing stone walls, towers, and battlements are a blend of Moorish and medieval architecture, evoking a sense of wonder and intrigue. Exploring the castle grounds reveals picturesque gardens, archaeological sites, and the remnants of a royal palace.

The hill on which São Jorge Castle sits is notably steep, adding to the castle's dramatic and commanding presence over the city. The incline is significant, requiring visitors to navigate winding pathways that lead to the castle's summit. This steep ascent not only showcases the strategic positioning of the castle for defensive purposes but also offers an immersive experience as visitors climb through historic neighborhoods, cobbled streets, and charming alleyways.

Lisbon is spread out in all directions from the Castle, so the views are excellent. Image # 2 is the view looking south from the Castle ramparts, and even though it was a bit hazy, you can see the bridge spanning the Tagus River.

National Pantheon of Portugal       Map
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National Pantheon Exterior
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National Pantheon Entrance
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Church High Altar
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Vasca da Gama Tomb
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Pantheon Ceiling Domes
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Pantheon First Floor from Above
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The National Pantheon of Portugal, where many famous Portuguese people are immortalized, including Vasco de Gama. This was our next "Tuk-Tuk" tour stop, and again, the driver gave us non-stop & interesting descriptions of everything we drove by.

The building has a centralized floor plan, in a Greek cross shape. On each corner there is a square tower (the pinnacles were never completed), and the façades are undulated like in the baroque designs of Borromini. The main façade has an entrance hall (galilee) and three niches with statues. The entrance to the church is done through a beautiful baroque portal with the coat-of-arms of Portugal held by two angels.

 Quick History Lesson 

Originally the Church of Santa Engrácia, in the 20th century it was converted into the National Pantheon (Panteão Nacional). The church construction started in 1681 and continued until 1712 when the architect passed away. The building lay dormant off & on until the 20th century when the dome was added, and the church was reinaugurated in 1966.

Click here to view the complete Wikipedia article on the National Pantheon, where the above information came from.
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Below the National Pantheon

This is a view of the area below the National Pantheon as seen from it's roof. Gives you a very good idea of the height (80 meters). The roof is accessible to visitors and the view of the city from that height is very good.

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Pantheon Burial Vaults

The personalities entombed in the Pantheon include the Presidents of the Republic Manuel de Arriaga, Teófilo Braga, Sidónio Pais and Óscar Carmona, Presidential candidate Humberto Delgado, writers João de Deus, Almeida Garrett, Guerra Junqueiro, Aquilino Ribeiro and Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, fado singer Amália Rodrigues, and footballer Eusébio. There are cenotaphs to Luís de Camões, Pedro Álvares Cabral, Afonso de Albuquerque, Nuno Álvares Pereira, Vasco da Gama and Henry the Navigator.

Lisbon Cruise Port       Map

The Lisbon Cruise Port from the top of the National Pantheon. You may recall that I mentioned earlier that Lisbon is a stop for many cruise lines, well here is visual proof! There are currently over 26 Cruise Lines that have ships that visit Lisbon, click here to see a list of Cruise Lines.

The cruise port of Lisbon is long and is stretched out along the Rio Tejo. Cruise ships can dock at 5 different places. The most important docking area's are Santa Apolonia at about 1,5 kilometer from the city center and da Rocha/Alcantara, close to Ponte 25 de Abril. The cruise terminals are modern and offer all necessary facilities for cruise passengers.

To reach the city center of Lisbon from the cruise port is easy but the mode of transport depends on where your ship docked. From most ship terminals, you can easily go on foot. Good alternatives are the metro or train.

Castle Saint George Portugal       Map
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You can see that a moat was present at some time in the past (left image). It is also interesting to note that this castle was originally built by the Moors when they controlled the Iberian Peninsula.

In the context of the Christian Reconquista, the castle and the city of Lisbon were freed from Moorish rule in 1147 by Afonso Henriques and northern European knights in the Siege of Lisbon during the Second Crusade.

The fort area of Castle Saint George was all about defense, heavy stone walls and gates everywhere. If you visit here, you will be walking on cobblestone inside the fort, so you should wear comfortable shoes. In addition, there are a lot of staircases to the higher elevations of the fort, be prepared.

It is amazing that this castle is still standing, as it has endured several major earthquakes; a strong earthquake in 1531 did considerable damage and the great earthquake of 1755 also did extensive damage. For example, the 1755 quake has been estimated to have been in the 8.5 to 9.0 on the Moment Magnitude Scale and Lisbon was virtually completely destroyed. The death toll estimates have been described as being as high as 100,000. When you realize that the population of Lisbon at that time was perhaps 200,000 it serves to demonstrate how devastating that disaster was.

City of Lisbon below Castle Saint George       Map
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A view of Lisbon through one of the Saint George Castle apertures where cannon once sat. The views of the city and harbor were excellent from this height, plus the breezes were much better at this altitude! Since the Castle is so high above the city, there isn't a bad view anywhere!

The Castle is located on top of the tallest of Lisbon´s Seven Hills of the historic centre of the capital city, above the old Moorish quarter. The hill is described as being 312 feet above sea level, but it does feel quite a bit taller, because it provides such a great view of the city surrounding the hill.

 Quick History Lesson 

A small fortress was built by the Visigoths during the fifth century. It was modified and enlarged by the Moors in the mid-eleventh century and during the reign of Afonso I of Portugal (1109 – 1185), it was altered and in later years transformed into a Royal Palace. The Castle was almost completely destroyed by the great Portugal earthquake of 1755. It was rebuilt and many additions were made until the Castle was completely restored in 1938.

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