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Michael K
San Jose, CA1,108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
This is the highlight of Castelo de Tomar and not only is it a feast for the eyes, its magnificance is awe inspiring. Eight tall structures arranged in an octagon soar skywards and meet at the top. Needless to say, this is a must see.
Written 21 June 2023
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saul g
Tel Aviv, Israel1,223 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Located within the grand complex o Convento de Cristo/Castelo de Tomar , this 12th cent. built chapel , with absolutely breathtaking beauty (ornamentations and paintings) .
A true must-see attraction while in Tomar .
Written 16 November 2021
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Ron S
New York City, NY5,712 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
The Rotunda ( Charola) is an absolute highlight of the tour of the Convento de Cristo. Parts of the convent are under restoration.
Written 10 February 2023
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GYWX
Wexford, Ireland764 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022
A restored sacred place with gilded furniture, restored paintings, and frescos. Buy the guide book (or read Tripadvisor / Wikipedia) first to understand how it came about in the 14th-16th centuries. This review box does not allow me to upload photos, but the entry here should be enough.
Written 27 July 2022
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK6,890 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2021
Accessed as part of the Christ Covent this very small chapel is undoubtedly the highlight of the complex of buildings. Absolutely stunning, so ornate and beautifully painted on walls, ceilings, the pillars, just breathtaking, you stand in wonder and admire from every angle.
Written 25 July 2021
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morvenchurchmen
Tomar, Portugal29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
This is a part of the Convento de Christo and Castelo of the Knights Templar. The “chapel” is stunning but it has all been added on after the suppression of the Knights Templar by the Pope and their persecution (and suspicion of the Order of Christ) by the Inquisition. Only 1 original painting is left in the charola and in our opinion, it is better than all the gaudy religious art in the rest of the building. Make a visit to the Covento & Castelo to see the Charola. It will impress you.
Written 10 May 2019
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Fi G
Sidmouth, UK146 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
It takes your breath away. So beautiful. You must go in to see this whilst in Tomar. A quiet time to take in how beautiful it it.
Written 4 May 2019
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Gregory W
Mankato, MN3,826 contributions
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Dec 2018 • Solo
It's inside the Convento de Cristo!

Rich in history and conquest, the Templars gained wealth in property and gifts to the church. The Templars took vows of poverty and chastity, however gifts of treasure and land in the name fo the church was acceptable. They grew richer than the King and became bankers to nobles. The King would not have it. In the 14th century the King dissolved all religious orders (March 1319). The Templars became outcasts in Portugal only to be renamed Knights of the Order of Christ and falling to the King's rule. This resulted in the Convent of Cristo taking on new growth and building as well as a new architectural style.

Perhaps one of the most fantastical sights to see is the Romanesque round church that was built in the 12th century. From the outside, the church is a 16-side polygonal structure, with strong buttresses, round windows and a bell-tower. Inside, the round church has a central, octagonal structure, connected by arches to a surrounding gallery aka an ambulatory. The general shape of the church is modelled after similar round structures in Jerusalem, the Mosque of Omar and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

The interior of the round church is magnificently decorated with late gothic/manueline sculpture and paintings, added during a renovation sponsored by King Manuel I starting in 1499. The pillars of the central octagon and the walls of the ambulatory have polychrome statues of saints and angels under exuberant Gothic canopies, while the walls and ceilings of the ambulatory are painted with Gothic patterns and panels depicting the life of Christ. The church has seen better days. Fortunately, it has been in renovations since the 1983 when the entire convent received UNESCO status. There is still considerable work to be done. Nonetheless, it is still a spectacle to behold as it visually captivating.
Written 21 December 2018
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paolo d
Bologna, Italy23,691 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
The church itself is already wonderful, this architectural detail is even more beautiful, a sort of tower that reaches the ceiling, fine decorations to admire.
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Written 1 March 2024
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63Cri63
40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The whole convent is a special place, but entering the Templar chapel is truly exciting because the place exudes pure spirituality. I was moved to admire the wonderful carvings and decorations.
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Written 30 March 2024
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