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    The Cloisters of Convento de Cristo

    by solopes Updated Dec 20, 2012

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    You'll feel in a maze, passing from one cloister to another, but you will notice that they are all different, until you notice that you are in the upper floor of the same cloister you saw from below.

    At the end you will not be able to count how many cloisters did you visit (five, I think!). Don't worry! you will not get lost, and at the end you will appreciate the adventure.

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    The Famous Window

    by solopes Updated Dec 20, 2012

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    One of my memories from school was the strangeness of the nomination of a window (yes... a window) as one of our more remarkable monuments.

    Being part of a bigger (and beautiful) monument why was that window so special?

    Well, it's really special, and fairly considered the top example of Manueline style. So, if you go to Convento de Cristo don't miss it. And BE careful about that, because in the maze of the convent's corridors, and amidst so many interesting spots, you do risk to miss it. You know - it's only a window.

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    Park

    by solopes Updated Dec 20, 2012
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    The centre of the city is occupied by a nice park, dominated by the river. A small island was used to locate it, and a complec of small dams and old watering devices control the rivers's level. A pleasant alternative to a cool stroll in summer.

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    Church S. João Baptista

    by solopes Updated Oct 15, 2012

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    Right in the centre of town, this church dating from the 15th century has been enriched with artworks until the 17th century, with special notes to some original paintings from the 15th century.

    Free visit from 8 to 19, except by lunchtime and sunday afternoon.

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    The Castle of the Templars

    by solopes Updated Oct 15, 2012

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    Close to the Convent, and working as its entrance, allowing to see both monuments in a single visit, this stronghold from the 12th century still keeps some ow the ramparts and doors.

    As a passing way to the marvelous Convent, I think that no one gives it the proper attention, but, in the way out, why not a closer look?

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    Convento de Cristo

    by solopes Updated Oct 15, 2012

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    World Heritage to UNESCO, this is the highlight of the town.

    Special attention must be given to the main door, the "Charola" a chapel inspired in eastern architecture, and above all, the Manueline window, considered the top of that Portuguese style. But even the cloisters and the functional area of the convent deserve your attention, if you have a good guide to explain you how things used to work.

    In my recent visit the Charola was closed to maintenance, and could only be seen from the entrance. I don't know how long it will take, but you better be aware of that small drawback.

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    Castelo de Bode

    by solopes Updated Aug 31, 2012

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    The lake made by Castelo do Bode dam, one of the bigger in Portugal, with its islands and sandy beaches, very close to Tomar, is a good place for water sports or fishing, or just for a stop after visiting the city.

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    Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Conceicao

    by antistar Updated Oct 24, 2011

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    Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Conceicao, Tomar

    Up on the hill a short walk from the Templar complex the Renaissance Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Conceicao was intended as the funerary chapel for Portugal's King Joao III, who died in 1557. Due to political events he ended up being buried in Lisbon instead, and so the chapel remained as a reminder of Tomar's apex of greatness. Instead of historical significance, the chapel makes do with a geographical one. Its location on the far side of the hill from the convent gives it a view of the town below that is as good as from the walls of the Templar Castle itself.

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    Manueline Window in Convent of Christ

    by gubbi1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Manueline Window, Tomar, PT
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    During your visit to the Convent of Christ you should not forget to have a look at the famous manueline window. It is said to be one of the masterpieces of manueline art in Portugal. The window of the designer Diogo de Arruda is visible from the Saint Barbara Cloister.

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    Castle of the Templars and Convent of Christ

    by gubbi1 Written Jul 13, 2009

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    Convent of Christ a. Castle of Templars, Tomar, PT
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    The Castle of the Templars and Convent of Christ more or less the same complex are extremely beautiful. Both are listed as world heritage of the UNESCO and I think once you have been there, you know why.
    Check the link for information about the history of this place!

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    Aqueduct

    by gubbi1 Written Jul 13, 2009

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    Just a about three kilometers away from the convent you can have a look at the well preserved aqueduct which used to supply water to it. At the parking it is possible to climb it, but I am not sure if the statics of it allows to cross it. At least no signs were visible saying anything against it.
    I think it is absolutely worth to come here and if you have time you can even walk here from the convent.

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    Aqueduct at Convent

    by gubbi1 Written Jul 13, 2009

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    In case you do not want to drive to the aqueduct, you can have a look at the place where it arrives at the convent. It is certainly no replacement but quite nice to see. There are two good places to see it, one is from the inside the Convent area, the other is from the outside on the opposite side to the entrance.

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    Museo dos Fosforos

    by gubbi1 Written Jul 12, 2009

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    Museo dos Fosforos, Tomar, PT
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    A very unusual exhibition is located in the museum of matches. You will find uncountable numbers of matches from all over the world and of many decades. Interesting are the prints on the boxes as they tell you stories of different countries and epoches. You will remember many events in history for example the German reunion (you will e.g. find matches from GDR, BRD and the united Germany). Some match boxes have funny prints or show a touristic place.
    I don't know if it is always for free, but I did not need to pay anything.

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    Nightly Tomar - take photos...

    by gubbi1 Written Jul 12, 2009

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    Night shot at main square, Tomar, PT
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    Tomar is a pretty town, not only at daytime. So why not taking some nightshots? Especially the main square I found very suitable for some good shots...

    I had no tripod with me that day, a planting pot and a garbage bin had to be substitute...

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    Main Square

    by gubbi1 Updated Jul 12, 2009

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    Main Square, Tomar, PT
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    In the middle of the old town you will find the nice main square.
    On the upper side there is the city hall. Here D. Manuel I had lived for a while before he became king of Portugal.
    In the center of the square you will see a statue. It is Dom Gualdim Pais who lived from 1118 to 1195. He was the founder of the city of Tomar.
    On the lower side is the Church of São João Baptista.
    During daytimes there are two cafes open with tables on the side of the square.

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