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With all the wow of the Convento de Cristo, Santa Maria Church falls a bit flat. It is nice but nothing ravishing. I am glad I popped in but was expecting more. The convent definitely upstages this church in the historical center.
Allegedly connected to the Knights Templar Castle/Convento do Cristo by a secret tunnel, we now walk above ground to see this beautiful church. And it’s well worth it. A number of Knights are reportedly buried here and symbols of the Order are evident throughout. A...More
place full of history and often underavaluated. you know that this church was the headquarter of all the churches abroad during our colonial period? It has a precious image with Mary holding Jesus and at the same time being hold by her mother, Ana? And...More
Inside the church, we got an amazing tour from the woman working there who explained the history of the church, its possessions and pointed out everything that was original to the Templars. There is so much history inside that you need to visit and walk...More
There is a burial slab marking the internment of a Knight Templar that is over 800 years old in this simple, yet elegant church. There is a nice rose window installed above the entrance to the church. The interior contains wonderful decorative tiles, an especially...More
This church has a very long and troubled history, as troubled as was the history of the Order of the Templars. It's also the only church I know, so far, that had it's very own defensive tower! Plain as it is, it's still worth a...More
The church is quite renovated on the inside, but if you are interested in the Templars of Tomar it is worth a visit, as this was their burial church. Interesting also for getting a sense of medieval Tomar, as its location marks the end of...More