The Convent of Christ, part of the route of the Templars in Portugal, is in the town of Tomar. Its exterior architecture and garden can be visited for free. When I visited, in 2009, the entrance fee was €5. What I liked, apart from the architecture of its facades, were the central courtyard with its beautiful fountain and the huge chapel and altarpiece, which is a marvel. It is a must in Tomar.
The Acueducto dos Pegões collected water from four springs and supplied it to the Convent of Christ. It's a monumental engineering feat built by Philippe in 1593, after his proclamation as king before the Cortes of Tomar in 1581. It's six kilometres long and has 180 arches. The construction lasted for 20 years, from 1593 to 1614. I understand that you can walk along the top of the aqueduct, providing a place from which you can admire the countryside it flows through. Next to the Convent of Christ (Tomar-Portugal), there is a small part of the aqueduct, and even though you can't see the whole work or its magnitude, it gives us an idea of how large it is.
Originates from the XII century. Its construction was based on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. It is integrated in the Convent of Christ in Tomar (Portugal) and happened to be the headquarters of the Order of Christ in Portugal in 1356. It has oriental touches and a cylindrical military structure to protect the tabernacle. It also has a central drum with eight octagonal pillars, each with four columns and remarkable works of art (frescoes) and XVI century sculptures.
The most fascinating Manueline in Portugal. Made in 1510 and located in the Convent of Christ in Tomar, Portugal. Neatly sums up Manueline art, where the exaltation of the plant world reaches its peak, a unique style of Portugal. The moss helps to increase their thickness and relief. Knots, twisted ropes, ribbons of intricate roots ... loaded with symbolism. From the Cloister of Santa Barbara is a very good view of the window. Without hesitation have to stop and stare.
According to Saramago from the Great Cloister of the Convent of Christ, the cloister is dry and cold because it's a neoclassical roman structure with harshness and coldness. He said there's never total rejection nor total acceptance. It's in Tomar (Portugal), in the magnificent Convent of Christ. The Great Cloister was begun by Juan Castillo in the early 16th century. The Cloister of Joao III, as it's also known, was subsequently modified in the mid-16th century by Diogo de Torralva, explaining why one of the Manueline windows is almost hidden by it, which is a real shame since it's a pearl trapped between two walls. Don't fail to look for it! Luckily for us, there was another to admire. It consists of two floors. A narrow spiral staircase hidden in the corner leads to the terrace with a good view of Cera, the convent and the region. In the centre, there's a fountain in the shape of a cross, the cross of the Knights.
The Convent of Christ in Tomar (Portugal) was occupied for 200 years by the Templars, who were subsequently displaced by the Militia of Christ at the end of the 14th century. The master of the order was the great Henry the Navigator. The order benefited from the findings of the "New World", and their splendour and wealth was reflected in the convent's construction. There are no less than seven cloisters, including the Great Cloister or Don Joao III, Lavagem Cloister, Cloister do Cemitério, two Corvos Cloister, Cloister of Santa Barbara, Cloister da Miga, and Cloister da Hospederia. The Claustro da Miga is square with four wings and is where the friars of the Order of Christ gave food to the poor. The Claustro da Hospederia was a model for many of the Portuguese Renaissance cloisters. The Convent of Christ is a must-see and is recommended in every detail. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
The Church of San Juan Bautista in the center of beautiful Portuguese town of Tomar. I visited on a day trip from Lisbon, known as the "Route of the Templars". The second stop on the route was Tomar, and there we had a few hours to explore the city. The highlight of the church, built in the 15 century, is its belltower, it's very nice.
La Mata Nacional dos Sete Montes is in the beautiful Portuguese town of Tomar, in the center of town, at the end of one of its most important avenues. These gardens are quite large, plenty of hedges, and a variety of flowers. You can also find benches to rest and some fountains. It is a must in Tomar.