E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image Convent of Christ and Templar stronghold, Tomar

Convent of Christ and Templar stronghold, Tomar


My second group of images of the Convent of Christ and Templar stronghold at Tomar in Portugal.

The one on the left shows the ruins of the "Prince's Palace" which I believe was destroyed when  the place left royal  ownership, perhaps somebody  can correct me.

The gate on the right is the second you pass through on entering the site, the people are strangers, I hope they don't mind lending some sense of scale.

There are beautiful places to sit, including this tiled bench, perched close to the edge of the hill it affords beautiful views.

The top of the two inset pictures shows some of the remaining original paint that embellished carvings above windows and around doors. The lower one shows the Templar Cross above a doorway. When the Portuguese Monarchy took control of the Templar's property ( negotiated with the Vatican) they instituted a new order of Chivalry called the Order of Christ. The symbol used was very similar to this one, but with straight arms. This is what was marked on sails of explorer's ships, and also as an emblem on aircraft.
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The Knights Templar have always fascinated me, long before Dan Browne wrote his book, theirs is a long history some of which can be found here ~ Grand Priory of Knights Templar ~

Those who have followed my pictures for some time will remember pictures of St Cross in Winchester ~which are here~

Convent of Christ and Templar stronghold, Tomar


My second group of images of the Convent of Christ and Templar stronghold at Tomar in Portugal.

The one on the left shows the ruins of the "Prince's Palace" which I believe was destroyed when  the place left royal  ownership, perhaps somebody  can correct me.

The gate on the right is the second you pass through on entering the site, the people are strangers, I hope they don't mind lending some sense of scale.

There are beautiful places to sit, including this tiled bench, perched close to the edge of the hill it affords beautiful views.

The top of the two inset pictures shows some of the remaining original paint that embellished carvings above windows and around doors. The lower one shows the Templar Cross above a doorway. When the Portuguese Monarchy took control of the Templar's property ( negotiated with the Vatican) they instituted a new order of Chivalry called the Order of Christ. The symbol used was very similar to this one, but with straight arms. This is what was marked on sails of explorer's ships, and also as an emblem on aircraft.
.....

The Knights Templar have always fascinated me, long before Dan Browne wrote his book, theirs is a long history some of which can be found here ~ Grand Priory of Knights Templar ~

Those who have followed my pictures for some time will remember pictures of St Cross in Winchester ~which are here~

comments (13)

  • Astrid
  • rainy windy Holland
  • 3 Dec 2007, 07:31
*sigh* this is magnificent, I love the photo collages, now I hope it is rainig all day so I can figuer out how I can try it too (if you don't mind)the pictures in the collage are great, the details so very well choosen smile
EJWilkins: It's a bit like a jigsaw, fiddle with each picture individually, make the tallest side = 700 units. It's time-consuming and then, once done, they're never 'quite' right .. for me at least! *sigh* but, it's a good way to share a lot of pictures quickly though. I'm delighted you like them smile
Superb photos montage Ellie. Congrats
EJWilkins: Thanks Richard
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 3 Dec 2007, 09:15
You have seen some magnificent places that hold so much history, Ellie. I like how you're putting these collages together!
EJWilkins: There's so much history everywhere, and it's something I like to read about .. odd, because I didn't enjoy the subject at school.
These will run till Sunday, hope you enjoy them all smile
This is a great way to present photographs, Ellie. Lovely shots! I liked yesterday`s, too. (:o)
EJWilkins: Couldn't think of any other way to do it, without taking until next year to run through them. Glad you like them. smile
I find the Templars interesting too, and whilst I haven't read Dan Brown's book, I have read Michael Baignent & co's opening masterpiece. Fascinating dip into history ;o)
EJWilkins: Now, I don't know that one, so will have to look it up and try to get it from the library (house is full of books). The Templars have always fascinated me, but I have no real idea why.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 3 Dec 2007, 10:51
Beautiful montage, and fascinating mini-history Ellie.
EJWilkins: Thanks Ray, there's more to come, I hope you'll stay with me till SUnday.
This is a clever way to present several related images - like a postcard. Maybe a sales opportunity?
EJWilkins: It's the only way I could think of doing it without the series lasting through until next year. And, perhaps ... *thinks*
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 3 Dec 2007, 12:20
The collage is a powerful tool to show many parts of a building in one glance. Great work again here, with creating a collage and the text.
EJWilkins: But not always the best thing to try when you're rushed wink Thanks a million Louis
Nice (and interresting) continuation of the serie !
EJWilkins: Bear with me Zeb, Saturdays one is for you wink
Another Excellent set Ellie.
EJWilkins: Thanks Bill, there are more to come, I hope you won't get bored wink
  • Chris
  • very wet & very windy
  • 3 Dec 2007, 21:50
Lovely montage Ellie smile
EJWilkins: Thanks Chris smile
Very nice. Would make a cracking postcard. All the best, Dave.
EJWilkins: Perhaps it would, would you buy it? wink
Estoy disfrutando de estas imágenes, Ellie! Voy de la más nueva a la más antigua... Preciosas presentaciones con unos detalles bien elegidos. Bravo!

I am enjoying these images, Ellie! I go of newest to oldest... Precious presentations with chosen details affluent. Bravo!

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