E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image Convent of Christ and Templar stronghold, Tomar

Convent of Christ and Templar stronghold, Tomar


Church Portal


My fourth group of pictures from Tomar.

The church, well protected within fortified walls, is entered through this portal which was decorated around 1539, previously it must have been quite plain.

The other two pictures show some of the detailed carvings.

I've read ~ on this site ~ that the plaque marks the victory over Abu Yusuf Al-Mansur, but I can't find any reference to any battle. Here's a ~ timeline of Portuguese history ~  for anybody who might be interested.

The Convent and Fortress was designated a ~ Unesco World Heritage ~ site in 1983, not at all surprising, as you will know if you have ever had the chance to visit.

Convent of Christ and Templar stronghold, Tomar


Church Portal


My fourth group of pictures from Tomar.

The church, well protected within fortified walls, is entered through this portal which was decorated around 1539, previously it must have been quite plain.

The other two pictures show some of the detailed carvings.

I've read ~ on this site ~ that the plaque marks the victory over Abu Yusuf Al-Mansur, but I can't find any reference to any battle. Here's a ~ timeline of Portuguese history ~  for anybody who might be interested.

The Convent and Fortress was designated a ~ Unesco World Heritage ~ site in 1983, not at all surprising, as you will know if you have ever had the chance to visit.

comments (20)

  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 5 Dec 2007, 01:01
Beautifully presented images, Ellie. You are definitely making me want to visit this place.
EJWilkins: I hope you manage to get there one day Ray smile
  • Iain
  • Toronto
  • 5 Dec 2007, 02:19
Hey, great detail Ellie. I like the close ups on either side. It is amazing how much work went into these places at one time in history!
EJWilkins: From what I've read the decorations took quite a number of years, and must have involved loads of people .. aren't we lucky they took the time and trouble to do it. smile
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 5 Dec 2007, 03:24
Now I see that the simplicity of the stairwell was misleading. They just didn't bother to ornament it fully. This is a fascinating site. I really want to check this out myself. Thanks for showing it to us!
EJWilkins: If you put Tomar and Convent into google you'll get loads of hits, enjoy reading .. and maybe one day you'll be able to see it for yourself. Thanks Martin
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 5 Dec 2007, 05:41
This is a great presentation Ellie, fabulous, it is an invitation to go and visit the place, thanks smile
EJWilkins: I hope you do manage to see it Astrid, I'm sure you'd like it as much as we did
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 5 Dec 2007, 07:02
Donica just found out the other day that she may have a business meeting in Lisbon next year and I immediately said, "I want to go!" It's because of all your photos, Ellie, over my year on SC. I have seen so much of Portugal, like these photos, through your eyes. Thank you!
EJWilkins: Wooh! Hey, when's it going to be? I'll bet it won't be at a time we can get out there too sad How long can you stay for? I'm all excited for you!
Very nice presentation Ellie. It makes me want to visit the place
EJWilkins: Thanks Richard I hope you do manage to get there one day, it's worth it. smile
Ellie, your photographs have been the next best thing to being there in person! These three are no exception - they purvey so much more than just `pictures`. Of course there is marvellous detail, but I feel as though I know what the atmosphere is like there, and I can imagine stepping from sunlit places into shadow. I get a real sense of `quiet` and I feel the frisson of excitement and awe these wonderful, historic sites engender. If ever I visit, it will be with a feeling of deja-vu. (:o)
EJWilkins: I still feel almost as if I've crammed them together, rather like our whistle-stop visit. It's such a magnificent place and yes, you're right, there is that excitement and awe as well as of peace and quiet, contemplation. It isn't a place that feels 'busy', although there were a lot of tourists - do you know what I mean?
  • Ann
  • 5 Dec 2007, 09:27
Beautifull sculptures !!! Ann
EJWilkins: You're right, they are smile
  • Monika
  • London
  • 5 Dec 2007, 09:52
Truly amazing place and great pictures too! I like the way you arrange them, postcard-like way.
EJWilkins: Thanks Monika, that means it's been worth trying .. even though I've just found a much quicker way of achieving it! Typical, isn't it.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 5 Dec 2007, 11:27
So much detail around that entrance. Those old artists must have had a lot of time - or maybe I should say the buildings were built by artists and not builders.

You should charge the Portugeuse Tourist authority for all the Shutterchancers that soon will be visiting the place smile
EJWilkins: I think it took tens of years, from one monarch to the next, so they didn't rush things. I'm glad they left this inheritance for us to see.

Doubt if the Portuguese Tourist board's ever heard of me! grin
  • Gale
  • Cape of storms
  • 5 Dec 2007, 11:52
Fantastic Ellie. Love the detail. Oh I do love churches, old buildings and their history. Thanks for sharing this.
EJWilkins: And thanks for taking a look and taking the time to leave a lovely comment, it's much appreciated smile
  • xavi
  • barcelona
  • 5 Dec 2007, 12:43
great images and great composition
EJWilkins: Thanks Xavi smile
Lovely detail Ellie.
EJWilkins: Thanks Bernie smile
A very good presentation! The photographies have a very pretty light!
EJWilkins: Thanks Jose, I'm glad you think so smile
Well put together grin
  • Bill Phillips
  • Droitwich Spa in Worcestershire
  • 5 Dec 2007, 17:29
Another excellent group Ellie
Beautiful tones of colour in these pics. I like the way you have combined details and overall view...
  • Chris
  • very wet & very windy
  • 5 Dec 2007, 20:54
You can see why its a world heritage site Ellie. smile
Looks like a great place to take photographs Ellie, with some good architectural detail to home in on as well. I like the way you have presented these images with good framing.
I'm engaged with this part of the world you've shown us, Ellie.

You are doing it justice.

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