TOMAR - THE CASTLE & CONVENT OF THE ORDER OF CHRIST
St. Baptista church
The city was founded in the 12th century. It was conquered from the Moors by King D.Afonso Henriques (1st King of Portugal) in 1147 and donated to the Templar Order in 1159.
Gualdim Pais, the Grand Master of the Order and the city's mythical founder, laid the first stone of the Castle and Monastery that would become the Headquarters of the Order in Portugal.
The Templars ruled from Tomar a vast region of central Portugal which they pledged to defend from Moorish attacks.
Tomar was especially important in the 15th century when it was a centre for Portuguese overseas expansion under Henry the Navigator, the Grand Master of the Order of Christ, successor organization to the Templars in Portugal.
The Convent of Christ is a magnificent ensemble of the 12th to 16th century-architecture and art, it is the main monument of the city and one of the most important in Portugal.
It has been the headquarters of the Templar Order.
Today, it's one of the most remarkable monuments in the country being included in the UNESCO's World Heritage list since 1983.
Adults (18–64 years) - 6 euros
Youths, accompanied by parents (12–17 years) - 3 euros
Seniors (>65 years) - 3 euros
Child (<12 years) - free
*Prices are subject to alterations without prior notice, please confirm prices in the official website and for combined tickets.
Visit in the Tours:
October to March:
9.00am. to 5.30pm.
Last ticket 5.00pm.
April to September:
9.00am. to 6.30pm.
Llast ticket 6.00pm.
1st January, Easter Sunday, May 1 and December 25