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  • Day5

    Knights Templar and Henry the Navigator

    October 20, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Tomar is a lovely place, and I had a great day being a tourist. Tomar was having a fiesta - I never did find out exactly what about, but it was fun. Firstly there was a procession of men on horseback, all dressed as caballeros and the horses decorated richly. Then flowers thrown into the river that flows through the town. Women also dressed up, some in traditional clothing, some in 1920s gear. After watching that I hiked up the top of the hill and explored the Knights Templar castle, and the home of Henry the Navigator, then visited an exhibition from what was said to be the oldest synagogue in Spain (still in use but closed for restoration) and stayed at a good hostel.

    Dinner with another pilgrim, from the UK - an old fashioned radical lefty trade unionist. Interesting take on Brexit.
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  • Day22

    Tomar Monastery Rotunda

    May 23, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    The famous rotunda (round church) was also built in the second half of the 12th century. The church was modeled by the Knights’ thoughts of how King Solomon’s Temple was. It contains many fantastic Gothic and Manueline paintings and sculptures which were added in the 1500s.Read more

  • Day528

    Knights Templars

    November 15, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    An hours bike ride from our base was Tomar, with its historic centre, riverside park complete with swans and ducks and natural setting adjacent to the Seven Hills National Forest is also home to the Convento de Cristo, a monastery that is the headquarters of the legendary Knights Templar.

    Wrapped in power and mystery, the Knights Templar held enormous power in Portugal from the 12th to 16th centuries. Gualdim Pais, Grand Master, founded the monastery in 1160. Successive Knights and Grand Masters added to the building over the centuries which is reflected in the multitude of architecture on display.

    Before we set foot inside, we climbed onto the 12th century crenellated walls and walked around some of the perimeter, looking down onto the town below, the views in the distance and passing the orange grove where the scent of the oranges on the trees proved too much for Chris who brought one back as a souvenir.

    Once inside, the size of the building and all of its rooms was amazing. The highlight was the Charola, the 16-sized Templar church. It is said that the circular design enabled the Knights to attend Mass on horseback. The rich embellishment of the centre and views of some original wall paintings was fabulous.

    The Manueline window on the western side of the church is apparently its most famous and fantastical feature. In celebration of the Age of Discoveries, which was largely bankrolled by the Knights, the window surround features stone carved snaking ropes, seaweed and cork boats atop of which is the Cross of the Order of Christ and the Royal Arms. To the right is a twisting belt seemingly buckled around a turret.

    We wandered up and down, then in and out of all the different rooms that served as accommodation, offices, stores and then through several cloisters. We have visited many churches on our travels but this one was truly unique and well worth the visit.
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  • Day17

    Convento de Cristo

    October 3, 2020 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Le chateau est un peu en ruine, mais le couvent qu'il renferme nous laisse sans voix.
    Du roman au style renaissance en passant par le manuelin, l'histoire de l'architecture portuguaise est lisible dans chaque recoin de ce monument classé au patrimoine mondial.
    L'église en forme de rotonde permettait aux chevaliers, en partance pour la croisade, d'assister à cheval à leur dernière messe.
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  • Day6


    September 13, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Stumbled upon this town after reading about a very good free Motorhome stop and Whoop Whoop what a place to be for anybody interested in history.
    Lots of narrow streets to explore plus a castle and church up the hill.
    Knights Templar no less!
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  • Day7

    Tomar2 The Knights Templar

    September 14, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    A visit to the Former Seat of the Order of the Knights Templar and the Convent of Christ is an absolute must for anyone visiting Tomar so pull on those walking shoes and make the long trek uphill or do the sensible thing and get in a Tuk Tuk for €2.50 a person and then when your visit is over drink beer 🍻 at the Café until another Tuk Tuk happens along.Read more

  • Day8

    P2D5 Tomar 3/226km

    August 5, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    In the morning I felt better, but after the long walking on paved roads I've got big painful bloody blisters on both my feet. So I decided to make a small break. First I wanted to go by bus to Fatima, and continue walking from there tomorrow. But unfortunately the bus to Fatima went on Sunday only early in the morning and in the evening - so I stayed here. Tomorrow the heat wave should be over and even the way should be better going through the woods.
    After a morning coffee I've visited the fortified Templar convent on the hill above the town - quite amazing.
    Than I rested in the hotel.
    I was about to give up and go by bus and train to Porto, or at least to have another rest day. The blisters needed more time to heal.
    During the dinner (tuna salad + wine) I found quite good last minute offers for a room in Fatima ( I booked one for 23e in a 3* hotel). I can take the 1250 bus.
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Tomar, Томар