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Fort of São Filipe, Setúbal

Fort of São Filipe of Setúbal, you will find also mentions as São Filipe Castle or even São Filipe Fortress on your searches. Located in the amazing and beautiful city of Setúbal, more or less 40kms to the South of the Portuguese Capital, Lisbon.

Setúbal, Fort São Filipe
Fort of São Filipe, Setúbal

The fort (or castle) was built during the XVII century, by Philip II of Spain (also known as Philip I of Portugal) who desire a fortification on an excellent position on the right bank of the Sado River. From here could observe and defend Setúbal, from sack attempts entering by the Atlantic Ocean thru the Sado River.

The fort was designed by Giovan Giacamo Paleari Fratino in 1583. During the XVII century, it was added a “low battery” that would provide an additional defense against ships in the Port. It has also a beautiful blue and white tiles decorated chapel, possible to visit.

Located at one of the highest points in Setúbal worth visiting and enjoying the amazing landscape view over Setúbal city, Tróia on the south margin of the Sado River and the Atlantic Ocean. Summer has beautiful colors and deserves a few moments to take a coffee or enjoy a meal at the local restaurant.

Fort São Filipe, Setúbal View
Fort of São Filipe, Setúbal view

Fort of São Filipe conservation

For centuries the conservation work was important and the most recent was in 1965, which was converted to a hotel by the Pousadas de Portugal network.

Another important repair process was after the 1755 Earthquake and later with a fire in the mid-19th century.

The whole building is considered National Monument since 1933 and it is included in the Nature Park of Arrábida which has more than 40.000 hectares of area.

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