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Convento de Cristo - Tomar.


Tomar was established as the religious centre for the Knights Templar by the Grand Master Gualdim Pais in 1160. The lands of Tomar were gifted to Gualdim Pais for his religious order services during the Battle of Ourique in which the Christian crusaders defeated the North African Moors. This close association of the Knights Templar with the Portuguese monarchy allowed the establishment of the Order of Christ after Pope Clement V disbanded the Knights Templar in 1312. There is much evidence about, that the Knights Templar continued their work through the Order of Christ. It is widely believed that the Order of Christ provided the knowledge and funding that began the “Portuguese Age of Discovery” in which Portuguese explorers crossed the oceans. Even after the dissolving of religious orders in 1835, the Knights remained afoot. The Portuguese head of state is still regarded as grand master in many circles.


The building in the picture is the Convento de Cristo. Part monastry, part convent, part church, part castle and a fort at the same time. The place is huge.



comments (15)

  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 31 Jan 2018, 08:08
More joys from Portugal. I love the bells Louis.
Louis: I have taken a few close-ups of this and similar bells. The way they are hung fascinated me.
I'd go there in a New York second, Louis, if I could.
Louis: Ah, sister, it is not so expensive - so, you can smile
  • Ray
  • Not Germany...
  • 31 Jan 2018, 08:10
Oranges suit Portugal...so does that flawless sky...
Louis: I can't disagree, Ray.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 31 Jan 2018, 10:46
wat voor een rijke cultuur in Portugal! Ja, ik heb de sinaasappels ook gezien.
Louis: Ik staan nu noch verstom over de Portugeuze cultuurschat. Moet je nagaan, Lissabon was ooit de wereldleider met de klerenmode.
One of Portugal's many treasures
Louis: There were a couple of such surprises for me like this, in Portugal.
This looks a fine place to visit, the history of the Knights Templar is very interesting. There is a remaining Templar Chapel at a small village only 20 minutes from us, a choir I was in a fewy years ago sang at a weddign service held inside, it was very intersting http://www.crosbyheritage.co.uk/location/rothley/knights-templar-chapel/
Louis: Oh, I found the place very interesting. As is the history of the Knights of the Temple of Solomon (the full name of their order) - founded at the palace of Baldwin I, a Christian king that ruled from Jerusalem. Supposedly, part of his palace was the temple of Solomon. It is actually common knowledge that the temple was totally destroyed and if anything remained, it would have been razed with the rest of Jerusalem in 70 AD. A lot of what they were doing was not very clear - except for the fighting. Nice little chapel in your linked page.
What a gorgeous shot. The fruiting orange tree is parfect.

I have a recipe for a relish that has Tomar in the name.
Louis: Thank you, Mary. That relish sounds interesting and one would wonder why Tomar is in the name. The various Portuguese areas have their own culinary specialities and tweaks to known dishes like cataplana. Maybe the relish originated from Tomar.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 31 Jan 2018, 14:58
My eye is drawn to the oranges on the trees Louis.

Oh - and the architecture, and blue sky..
Louis: But especially the oranges ...
Looks a fine place to visit with all that fine stonework
Louis: I was never bored during a four hour visit.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 31 Jan 2018, 17:12
I love the architecture, Louis. And there is so much to see. The bell towers, the stairs and then the wall at the right side... The green fits in perfectly. What a place to visit.
Louis: Thank you Astrid and you are right. So much to see and to learn.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 31 Jan 2018, 20:23
What a lot to delight in this picture, Louis
Louis: Thank you, Lisl. The place is a delight.
Battlements, bells, spires... this place has it all...
Louis: Even ore, but I will get to that, Larry.
i found the text about the Templars very interesting. and this is a great shot to go with it, Louis.
Louis: This is just a short piece, pertaining to the Portugal chapter. Some more to read in history pages. Thank you Ayush.
I really like your chosen angle for this shot. Very nice, Louis! And thank you for the history.
Louis: Thank you Elizabeth - history fascinates me.
Très jolie vue sur ce couvent.
Louis: Merci beaucoup, Martine.

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