E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image Convent of Christ and Templar stronghold, Tomar

Convent of Christ and Templar stronghold, Tomar


After passing through an impressive, gated archway the picture on the left shows the first sight inside the walls of the ~ Convent of Christ and Templar stronghold at Tomar ~ . The headquarters of the Templar order within Portugal.

The small inset picture shows two plaques and the name of the site, attached to the wall just outside the gate.

The larger picture is the round church, or rotunda, perhaps modelled on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem..

Approaching the place by car it's easy to see that it's big, the range of buildings crown the top of a hill. From the parking area it's a short walk to the huge gate, with one door left open for visitors. I had never fully understood why these, and other similar gates, tend to be so high, but a knight on a large horse carrying his lance or banner vertically would need that height to pass through unimpeded.

I am sure many know the history of the Knights Templar, but specifically relating to Tomar here is what is printed on a board by the gate:-

The Order of the Temple was abolished in 1312.
In Portugal its property and part of its vocation would be inherited by the Order of Christ, created at the request of the King, Dom Dinis.

With the frontiers of the country strengthened, a new military and religious order played an important role in overseas expansion.

The gradual need to adapt the new Order to social changes brought about successive spiritual reforms. The alteration would mean various building contracts being carried out.

After the abolition of religious orders in 1834 ownership was partially transferred to Antonio Bernardo da Costa Cabral. The private residence of the  Marquis and Count of Tomar was reacquired by the state in  1933.

In 1983 the Convent of Christ was  classified as a World Heritage Site by Unesco along with the Templar Castle.

The whole site of the fortress and Convent of Christ is a huge, and truly magnificent place, in all aspects of the word. We will return, a whole day is needed to go round all the buildings and another to truly explore the town.

It's difficult to explain my feelings when we arrived at Tomar. It's somewhere I have wanted to visit for years, and to actually be there was more than a physical journey.

I feel that none of my pictures are capable of showing the place as it truly was, and I have so many - some are quite good, others only reasonable, but even so I will try to put them together to share this place with you for the first week of ~ Advent ~ .

......

If you have a spare moment, please visit my vfxy
.

Convent of Christ and Templar stronghold, Tomar


After passing through an impressive, gated archway the picture on the left shows the first sight inside the walls of the ~ Convent of Christ and Templar stronghold at Tomar ~ . The headquarters of the Templar order within Portugal.

The small inset picture shows two plaques and the name of the site, attached to the wall just outside the gate.

The larger picture is the round church, or rotunda, perhaps modelled on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem..

Approaching the place by car it's easy to see that it's big, the range of buildings crown the top of a hill. From the parking area it's a short walk to the huge gate, with one door left open for visitors. I had never fully understood why these, and other similar gates, tend to be so high, but a knight on a large horse carrying his lance or banner vertically would need that height to pass through unimpeded.

I am sure many know the history of the Knights Templar, but specifically relating to Tomar here is what is printed on a board by the gate:-

The Order of the Temple was abolished in 1312.
In Portugal its property and part of its vocation would be inherited by the Order of Christ, created at the request of the King, Dom Dinis.

With the frontiers of the country strengthened, a new military and religious order played an important role in overseas expansion.

The gradual need to adapt the new Order to social changes brought about successive spiritual reforms. The alteration would mean various building contracts being carried out.

After the abolition of religious orders in 1834 ownership was partially transferred to Antonio Bernardo da Costa Cabral. The private residence of the  Marquis and Count of Tomar was reacquired by the state in  1933.

In 1983 the Convent of Christ was  classified as a World Heritage Site by Unesco along with the Templar Castle.

The whole site of the fortress and Convent of Christ is a huge, and truly magnificent place, in all aspects of the word. We will return, a whole day is needed to go round all the buildings and another to truly explore the town.

It's difficult to explain my feelings when we arrived at Tomar. It's somewhere I have wanted to visit for years, and to actually be there was more than a physical journey.

I feel that none of my pictures are capable of showing the place as it truly was, and I have so many - some are quite good, others only reasonable, but even so I will try to put them together to share this place with you for the first week of ~ Advent ~ .

......

If you have a spare moment, please visit my vfxy
.

comments (14)

Excellent pictures Ellie and a very interesting history lessonsmile
  • Helen
  • Albuquerque, NM, USA
  • 2 Dec 2007, 08:36
This is stunning! Thank you for the history!
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 2 Dec 2007, 09:49
*sigh* THIS is so good, stunning. I do have to learn a lot yet........Thank you for the information behind it smile
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 2 Dec 2007, 09:54
A history lesson to be sure, Ellie! My mom would be eating this up, but I'm afraid I didn't take after her in knowing history. So forgive my ignorance but are these the same Templars from the Da Vinci Code???
Very nice pictures Ellie. Thanks for history lesson
It certainly oozes power and status. Quite strange for humble servants of Christ, I've always thought. Nice montage. All the best, Dave.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 2 Dec 2007, 12:33
Brilliant montage, Ellie. It gives an excellent feel for the imposing size of the place.
  • Chris
  • very wet & very windy
  • 2 Dec 2007, 13:46
Thanks for the history lesson Ellie smile
It's like walking together with the nights...
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 2 Dec 2007, 19:41
My, you have worked hard on this one smile History stuff and the collage.

Great sunday posting.
Nicely done and very interresting text Ellie !
  • monika
  • rainy London
  • 2 Dec 2007, 21:48
Very educative Ellie, thanks for your effort to prepare this comment! I already make notes for my next trip! smile
A pretty perfect composition for a good postcard, Ellie! Well donates. P.D.: Great information!
Well presented Ellie an interesting building with an interesting history as well.

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