We left the magnificent and sunny Lisbon and we head to the city of Tomar Templar land that constituted a reinforcement helping of the Christian army at the time of D. Afonso Henriques.
Take for is in the epicenter of the war served as the backdrop to the many battles that were fought where the force of arms and faith were measured, today the city is part of the rich mosaic of history of Portugal that is represented with its monuments and special especially its castle and convent classified as a UNESCO world heritage Site in 1983.
The Convent of Christ in Tomar founded in 1162 by the Grand Master of the Templars Dom Gualdim Father, Christ Convent still retains memories of these knights monks and the heirs of his office, the Order of Christ which made this building its headquarters.
In 1314 the Temple was extinguished when it gave the king’s persecution of France Philip, already in 1319 a new order – the Militia of the Knights of Christ under the Infante Dom Henrique command supported maritime discoveries of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
Under Prince Henry the Navigator, the order Master since 1418, cloisters were built between Charola and the fortress of the Knights Templar but the greatest changes occur in the reign of King John III, architecture sharing Romanesque features, Gothic, Manuelino, Mannerist and baroque.
We follow then to the battle to visit one of the 7 wonders of Portugal which is given by the Dominican Monastery name of Santa Maria da Vitoria, Master-piece of Gothic architecture, a UNESCO world heritage site since 2007 is one of the largest Portuguese architectural jewels and also the most striking symbol of the Avis Dynasty.
The Monastery sent out build by King John I, Master of Avis as gratitude for the victory in the Battle of Aljubarrota.
Construction work began in 1386 attributed to the Master Afonso Domingues but during its construction began several reigns.
The monastery then saw his works ended abruptly possibly the construction of other important monuments such as the Monastery of Belém is only around 1840 endowed attention to the need for restoration by starting various works of conservation and restoration that lasted many years.
To point out that in the Monastery of Batalha is the most important collection of medieval stained-glass windows visible Portuguese in the Chancel and the Chapter House and also the Founder’s Chapel and the Imperfect Chapels
The Monastery of Batalha is now the greatest monument of Portuguese late Gothic and the first where he debuted the “Manuelina architecture.”
The Royal Abbey of Santa Maria de Alcobaça also known as the Monastery of Santa Maria de Alcobaça is one of the masterpieces of architecture and Portuguese history, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1989 and considered it one of the most important abbeys European Cistercians.
Donated by the first Portuguese king Dom Afonso Henriques to the Order of Cistercians of the construction of the abbey began in 1178 with the first truly work in the Gothic style built in Portugal.
Its general traits fall under the rigor, austerity and purity of constructive forms that characterized the Cistercian order that devoted to prayer, penance, renunciation of material goods and manual work in constant community.
Recently it was discovered the existence of a fourth cloister that have been destroyed during the great earthquake of 1755.
Especially the Chapter Room, the Sacristy, the Chapel of the Relics, the parlatório, the dormitory, the Monks Room, the Refectory, the Old Kitchen and Nova, the tombs of King Afonso and Afonso III and the very famous tombs of Dom Pedro and Dona Inês de Castro in what is considered one of the most beautiful but tragic love stories of Portugal.
Today these tombs are visited by many lovers that on the wedding day itself by saying that those who swear allegiance to this love sees eternity of their own.
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Lisbon – Hotel – Tomar historic center – the Templar Castle – Church St. John the Baptist – Church of Santa Maria do Olival – Tomar Aqueduct – Batalha City Center – Batalha Monastery – Alcobaça center – Alcobaça Monastery – Lisbon – Hotel – Lisbon
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