Tomar Portugal and The Knights Templar
If you have ever been curious about the mystery and legend of the Order of the Knights Templar, then the town of Tomar in central Portugal is for you.
There is a lot to see in and around the town of Tomar, but it is the impressive Convento de Cristo that makes the city of Tomar a must-see on any Portugal itinerary.
Visiting Convento de Cristo in Tomar
It is the imposing castle, visible from almost any vantage point in the town, that is the big drawcard.
History of Tomar and Tomar Castle
Under the orders of Gualdim de Pais, the fourth Grand Master of the Knights Templar, Tomar was the last of the Templar towns to be constructed in the late 12th century.
The Convent of Christ Tomar
The Convento de Cristo (the Convent of the Order of Christ) is not only architecturally extraordinary, but it has also been called magical and mysterious.
The Convent of Christ after The Knights Templar
The castle was transferred to the Portuguese Order of Christ in 1357 until the abolition of religious orders in 1834.
The Charola Church
At the heart of the Convento de Cristo, the unique circular Charola church is the most beautiful monument in Tomar.
The Window Of The Chapter House
An elaborate masterwork of Manueline architecture, the window is an icon of Portuguese heritage, full of references to the discoveries and Portuguese history.
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