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Convento de Cristo

The Castle of Tomar and the Convent of Christ are monuments in the city of Tomar. They were classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Site. It was founded in 1160 by the Grand Master of the Knights Templar, Dom Gualdim Pais, which retains memories of the riders and their monks, the Order of Christ, which made this building their headquarters. The Order of the Poor Knights of Christ and the Temple of Solomon, known as the Knights Templar, or simply as Templars, was a military order Cavalry. The organization existed for nearly two centuries in the Middle Ages, founded in the aftermath of the First Crusade of 1096, with the purpose of protecting the Christians who returned to make the pilgrimage to Jerusalem after its conquest.

The success of the Templars was linked to the Crusades. When the Holy Land was lost the support to the Order was reduced. Rumors about the secret initiation ceremony created mistrust on the Templars so, King Philip IV of France, indebted with the Order, began pressuring Pope Clement V to take actions against them. In 1307, many of the members in France were arrested and publicly burned. In 1312, Pope Clement determines the dissolution of the Order. His sudden disappearance gave rise to speculation and legends, which bear the name of the Templars live up to the present day.

Its members have taken a vow of poverty and chastity to become monks, wore white robes with the characteristic red cross, its symbol became a horse ridden by two riders. Due to the place where originally they were settled (the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, where Solomon's Temple existed and where nowadays, stands the current Al-Aqsa Mosque), the vow of poverty and faith in Christ were named "Poor knights of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon."

In the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, the Knights Templar helped the Portuguese in the battles against the Muslims receiving, as a reward, extensive areas and political power. The castles, churches and villages thrived under its protection. With the dissolution of the Knights Templar (by order of Pope Clement), King Dinis tried and failed to transfer to the Order of Christ the properties and privileges of the Templars.

The Order of Christ was created in Portugal as Ordo Militia Jesu Christo by the Ad ae exquibus bull on March 15 in 1319, by Pope John XXII, shortly after the extinction of the Temple.

It was refound the Temple the previous papal bull of Clement V had condemned to extinction.

The emblem of the order, the Cross of the Order of Christ, adorned the sails of the

The cloisters are originally Gothic. the Manueline nave of unified space is covered with recessed dome.

The windows and ledges have manueline style with plant decoration. The monastery of the core is the Charola of the twelfth century, the Oratory of the Templars. As in many of his temples, is based on the Rotunda of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem.

The polygonal Charola is the center of the cluster of buildings, culminating them visually. From the north to the east are the Sacristy, the cloisters from the Cemetery and the Wash, the ruins of the Hall, the Nursing and also the room of the Knights and the Botica.


In 1356, Tomar became the headquarters of the Order of Christ in Portugal, and the decoration of the Charola reflects the wealth of the Order. The paintings and frescoes (almost only biblical scenes of the sixteenth century) and the golden statues in the Byzantine dome, have been carefully restored. When it was built the Manueline church, this was linked to the Charola for an arcade.


From the west, there are the church, the cloisters and the convent buildings. From the North pontificates the Royal Decree, between the body of Nursing and the hostel. From the south the facade is highlighted by the arches of the Aqueduct of Pegões, supported by a rough platform, which is the body of Crows Cloister, bedrooms and the Cloister of King John III.

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The post of the master was, after 1417, exercised by members of the Royal House, the first was infante D.Henrique. He invested the income of the Order on maritime explorations.

portuguese caravels,which explored the unknown seas.

The result is that in 1454 and 1456, from the bulls of Pope Nicholas V and Pope Callistus III is

The Monumental Set:

The Monumental complex is divided into three distinct spaces: The Templar castle, whose walls surrounds the Convent of Christ. The Templar house, partially adapted to a convent by Infante D.Henrique, with two Gothic cloisters and the Master house zone were adapted to a stately palace (Alcáçova and contiguous spaces). The cloistered Renaissance convent composed with cloisters, dormitories, a dining room, a kitchen, a scriptorium, other functional areas of monastic life and a rural area (the fence of the Seven Hills).

provided or given obligation to the Order of Christ to establish the spiritual duty on all discovered lands as territories nullius as diocesis, becoming its diocesan headquarters the Church of Santa Maria do Olival in Tomar.

We will visit the Convent of Christ and Tomar Castle. Come with us to visit this magnificent monument 50 minutes away of Coimbra. Exclusive transport and private guide in english, portuguese and spanish.

(Duration: Approximately 3 hours)

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