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Immerse yourself in the rich history of Tomar, intricately intertwined with the legendary Knights Templar. Awarded to the order in recognition of their valour during Dom Afonso Henriques' campaigns against the Moors in 1159, Tomar bears enduring traces of the Templar legacy throughout its historic streets.

Despite the Templar Order's demise across Europe in the early 14th century, Portugal's Order of Christ emerged under King Dom Dinis's patronage, preserving the Templar wealth and legacy. Tomar's strategic location along the Nabao River, a tributary of the Tejo (Tagus), played a pivotal role in Portugal's age of discovery, further enhancing Tomar's historical significance.


Convent of Christ Skip The Line Ticket

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• The price includes a single entrance to the venue. Tiqets covers the cost of payment processing and provides you with customer service seven days a week.

• It is strictly forbidden to eat and smoke inside the monastery

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High Season Daily: 09h00 - 18h30 | Low Season Daily: 09h00 - 17h00
Adult: €6.00, OAP & concessionary: €3.00, Child under 13: FREE
Rua Aquiles de Mota Lima, 2300-255, Tomar, Portugal. | 39º 36' 10.5" N | 08º 23' 59.2" W

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Church of São João Baptista

Church of São João Baptista

Located at the heart of the old town, the charming Praça da República square invites visitors to savour a leisurely lunch or coffee amidst picturesque surroundings. Adorned with intricate diamond-patterned tiling, the square is graced by a statue honouring the town's founder, Gualdim Pais. Here, amidst the historic ambience, stand impressive 17th-century structures, including the iconic old town hall, distinguished by its charismatic loggia boasting three elegant arches.


Opposite the old town hall, on the Praça do República, lies the recently restored Church of São João Baptista (John the Baptist). With origins tracing back to the 12th century as a meeting place for the Knights Templar, this architectural gem underwent reconstruction in the 15th century under the patronage of Dom Manuel, reaching completion in 1510. Adorned with exquisite Manueline ornaments, the church's north door features depictions of boars, dogs, and wild asses, while the western entrance exudes a more understated charm. The adjacent bell tower, with its distinctive octagonal profile atop a square base, adds to the church's allure. Step inside to admire the captivating artworks, including six panels painted by Gregório Lopes, showcasing masterful craftsmanship and depicting scenes such as The Last Supper.


Perched majestically atop a lush hill, Tomar's premier attraction offers unrivalled panoramic vistas of the town, cementing its status as a quintessential architectural gem in Portugal. Situated adjacent to the convent's entrance lies the mysterious 12th-century Templar Castle, an enduring symbol of the region's rich heritage. Once serving as a bastion of defence along the critical route between Santarém and Coimbra, its imposing crenellations stand as a testament to its formidable past.

Commissioned under the watchful eye of Gualdim Pais, Master of the Knights Templar, construction of the castle commenced on March 1st, 1160. Evolving over the centuries, its irregular walls expanded to encompass significant features such as the Charola, or Round Church, alongside the Knights Templar's residential quarters and the bustling parade ground. As a cornerstone of Tomar's historical legacy, this iconic landmark continues to captivate visitors with its timeless allure and storied past.


Renowned as a masterpiece of Templar architecture, the Charola stands as an emblem of Tomar's rich heritage, showcasing a unique polygonal design reminiscent of Jerusalem's revered Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Throughout the ages, this iconic structure has undergone significant enhancements overseen by influential figures such as Henry the Navigator and King Manuel I.

Under Manuel I's patronage, the Charola experienced a remarkable transformation, with notable additions, including the monumental triumphal arch that seamlessly connects it to the Manueline church. These enhancements not only enhance the Charola's architectural grandeur but also underscore its profound historical significance, solidifying its status as a must-visit attraction.

Convento de Cristo

Convento de Cristo

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The Chapter House Window stands as a remarkable showcase of Manueline architecture, a testament to the craftsmanship of Diogo de Arruda. Positioned on the west façade of the Manueline church, this architectural marvel was meticulously crafted between 1510 and 1513. Referred to as Janela do Capítulo in Portuguese, it is adorned entirely with intricate maritime imagery.

Within the elaborate design, one can discern motifs symbolising seashells, coral, interwinding ropes, and the royal coat of arms, creating a mesmerising tapestry of symbolism. The intricate details of the window evoke a sense of mystery, leaving visitors to ponder if there's a hidden message encoded within the stonework.

As a cherished relic of Portugal's architectural heritage, the Chapter House Window beckons visitors to marvel at its beauty and unravel the secrets concealed within its intricate motifs.


The Cloister Principal, a testament to the architectural prowess of João de Castilho, stands as an enduring symbol of heritage and craftsmanship. Erected between 1530 and 1533, this historic structure has stood the test of time, retaining its magnificence to this day.

Under the reign of João III, the cloister underwent partial reconstruction, a project that reached its culmination in 1562. During this period, the Ceras terrace received special attention, featuring a remarkable ceiling completed by Filipe Terzi, an esteemed Italian architect renowned for his exceptional contributions to the Renaissance era.

Terzi's work on the Ceras terrace ceiling is widely acclaimed and celebrated as a masterpiece that exemplifies the splendour of Renaissance architecture. As a cherished component of Tomar's architectural heritage, the Cloister Principal and its adorned terrace continue to captivate visitors with their timeless beauty and historical significance.

High Season Daily: 09h00 - 18h30 | Low Season Daily: 09h00 - 17h00
Adult: €6.00, OAP & concessionary: €3.00, Child under 14: FREE
Convento de Cristo, Igreja do Castelo Templário 2300-000. Tomar, Portugal.
39º 36' 12.6" N | 08º 25' 08.5" W
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Chapterhouse Window

Chapterhouse Window

Cloister Principal

Cloister Principal


TThe Knights Templar, founded circa 1118 AD during the First Crusade to safeguard pilgrim routes to Jerusalem under the Papal authority, established their initial stronghold in Portugal at Soure, near Coimbra, in 1128. These fortresses played a pivotal role in aiding Dom Alphonso Henriques' campaign against the Moors, contributing to Portugal's emergence as an independent nation. Grand Master Dom Gualdim Pais, favouring a more strategic location, relocated the Templars' headquarters to Tomar, rejecting lands in Santarém.

Perched on the banks of the river Nabão, Tomar became the focal point of Templar power, with the construction of the iconic castle in 1160 and the revered Charola church within its fortifications two years later.

Across Europe, the Templars amassed vast wealth and influence, arousing suspicion and envy. Facing persecution and dissolution by Pope Clement in 1312, the order's assets were rumoured to be smuggled to Portugal. King Dinis I's refusal to prosecute the Templars led to the establishment of the Order of Christ in 1317, offering sanctuary to the persecuted knights. Negotiations with Pope John XXII secured the new order's recognition, enabling it to inherit Templar assets, thus preserving its legacy amidst the upheaval within the Catholic Church.


There is a cafeteria on site and also there's a café next to the car park close to the main entrance.

There are toilets in the convent in various places.

There is adequate parking at the front entrance to the convent.

Persons with impaired mobility should use the north entrance of the convent, which gives access to the ground floor where there are routes with access ramps for wheelchair users and a service elevator for reaching the first floor. For the blind and visually impaired there is a visit supported by audio-guides and a route where they can feel the shapes and textures of the architecture.

Templar Charola

Templar Charola


Old Synagogue

Tomar's Old Synagogue

The Templars were known for their pursuit of knowledge, even seeking wisdom from Judaism. Following the expulsion of Jews from Spain, a community was established in Tomar, where they built the synagogue of Tomar, one of Portugal's oldest. Situated in the heart of old Tomar, on Rua Dr Joaquim Jacinto, this synagogue was constructed between 1430 and 1460 under the patronage of Dom Henrique. Today, the building serves as the Abraão Zacuto Luso-Hebrew Museum.

Named in honour of Abraham Zacuto (c.1450-c.1522), a renowned mathematician and author of the acclaimed Almanach Perpetuum, the museum is housed within the synagogue. Published in Leiria in 1496, Zacuto's work contained mathematical tables widely utilised by Portuguese navigators during the early 16th century and beyond. The museum showcases various archaeological discoveries, offering insights into the medieval Jewish presence in Portugal.

Additionally, the museum features a modest collection of contemporary artefacts illustrating Jewish life, generously donated by individuals and Jewish organisations worldwide.

73 Rua Dr. Joaquim Jacinto, 2300, Tomar, Portugal. | 39º 36' 11.6" N | 08º 24' 49.9" W
+351 249 329 823 |


Knights of Templar Tour from Lisbon

Knights Templar Tour from Lisbon

Travel back in time to the medieval era with tickets for a tour focused on the Knights Templar, complete with round-trip transport from Lisbon. You'll have the unique opportunity to visit 12th-century castles built by the legendary Knights Templar and later used by the Knights of Christ during the Age of Discoveries.

The adventure begins with a short boat trip to the stunning Almourol Castle, the jewel of medieval castles in Portugal. You'll be mesmerised by the breathtaking views of the fortress. The tour continues to Tomar, a city founded by the Knights Templar and later played a crucial role in the Knights of Christ's history. Marvel at the magnificent Santa Maria do Olival Church, a former mausoleum of the Masters of Knights Templar in Portugal, and experience the grandeur of the Convent of Christ, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983.

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Full-Day Private Tomar, Knights Templar and Castles Tour

Full-Day Private Tomar, Knights Templar and Castles Tour

Discover the historic legacy and medieval monuments of Tomar on this private full-day tour from Lisbon. Marvel at the magnificent Convent of the Knights Templar, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the grand ruins of Tomar Castle, Mourol Castle, and Ourem Castle. Learn all about King Afonso Henriques and the Knights Templar. Full-day private Tomar, Knights Templar, and Castles tour from Lisbon. Uncover the fascinating history of King Afonso Henriques and the Knights Templar. Explore the impressive Convent of the Knights Templar. Great-value tour includes hotel pickup and round-trip transport. Private tour ensures a personalized experience and the undivided attention of your guide.

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Tomar & Obidos The Roman Legacy Villages World Heritage Tour

Tomar & Obidos The Roman Legacy Villages World Heritage Tour

Dive deep into Portuguese history as you embark on a tour of Tomar and Óbidos from Lisbon. Join a private guide and head to the town of Tomar, the former seat of the Order of the Knights Templar, to explore its historic castle and Christ’s Convent. Then, head to Batalha to see its famous monastery, walk through the fishing village of Nazaré, and end in the medieval town of Òbidos. Visit three UNESCO World Heritage Sites on one tour. Learn about Portugal’s history from your informative guide. Stay connected between sights with onboard Wi-Fi. A private tour means a personalised and immersive experience.

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Before the introduction of the aqueduct, the Convent relied on springs and cisterns for its water supply. Construction on the Aqueduto dos Pegões commenced in 1593 and spanned eleven years until its completion in 1613. Spearheaded by Filipe Terzi and later finalised by Pedro Fernandes Torres, this architectural marvel stretches seven kilometres (4 mi) in length, with its highest point towering at 30 metres. Featuring 180 arches and 58 arches, the aqueduct channels water from springs situated northeastwards. Notably, at the Pegões valley's descent, the aqueduct boasts rows of double arches, with lower gothic arches supporting a continuous upper row.

Designated as a national monument since 1910, the Aqueduto dos Pegões is easily accessible via the road leading to Leiria.

Additionally, visitors can embark on a delightful journey aboard the Green Tourist Train, a popular mode of transportation introduced in 2000. Offering two routes, one circling the town and the other ascending the hill towards the Convent of Christ and Pegões Aqueduct, the train provides a convenient option for those facing mobility challenges or wishing to avoid steep inclines. Departing from Rua Marquês de Pombal and Rua Serpa Pinto, this tourist train promises a comfortable and scenic experience for all.

Aqueduct (Aqueduto) dos Pegões

Aqueduct (Aqueduto) dos Pegões


National Park (Mata Nacional) dos Sete Montes

National Park (Mata Nacional) dos Sete Montes

Located at the end of the Avenida Dr. Cândido Madureira, one of Tomar's main streets, the Mata Nacional dos Sete Montes park is Tomar's largest. Covering an area of 39 hectares, Mata Nacional dos Sete Montes is a sprawling national forest renowned for its natural beauty and cultural significance. The woodlands include ancient cypress trees, judas trees, oak trees, wild pine trees, stone pines and olive trees. Spanning over lush hillsides, this verdant oasis offers visitors a tranquil retreat amidst towering trees and winding pathways. The Gruta do Sangue, or Fonte d Gruta, is a cave that has long been associated with fertility rituals. The caves entrance resembles a womans genitilia with a stream gushing from the entrance. The park also offers a scenic route to the castle and convent complex, to which it's affiliated–which was once used by the Order of Christ for agricultural purposes. Paths lead off to springs, secluded corners and monuments, including a model Romanesque church known as the Charolinha, increasing the park's charm. The park is free and open during the day.

Originally established as a royal hunting ground, the Mata Nacional dos Sete Montes now serves as a beloved recreational destination for locals and tourists alike.

High Season Daily: 08h30 - 17h00 | Low Season Daily: 09h00 - 17h00 | FREE
Avenida Doutor Candido Madureira, Tomar, 2300-531, Portugal. | 39º 36' 06.7" N | 08º 24' 50.8" W


The Igreja de Santa Maria do Olival was built in 1160 and pre-dates the Convent of Christ and castle overlooking Tomar. The church was built over the top of a Benedictine convent part of the Roman settlement called Nabância. The church was deliberately built below ground level and might be symbolic of rebirth ceremonies. The church was commissioned by the regional master of the Order of the Knights Templar in Portugal, Gualdim Pais. Igreja de Santa Maria do Olival served as the Pantheon for the Order of the Knights Templar and is the resting place of Mestre Lourenço Martins, Mestre Dom Gil Martins and Gualdim Pais. The site served as the centrepiece of the Templar's influence in Portugal for 400 years who have left their encoded symbols all over the place.

The construction has a stark appearance both inside and outside, which is a typical feature of religious orders. The interior feels cavernous, with a central nave and two side aisles illuminated by a large rose window in the façade. Olival translates as "olive grove" and a reference to the Mount of Olives. A small rose window on the eastern wall (facing Jerusalem) incorporates a pentagram, a Templar emblem. Local myths suggest the church served an important site for underground Templar initiation rituals. Recent nearby construction work and radar surveys confirm the existence of underground tunnels leading to Tomar's castle. The church's rectangular bell tower stands separate from the main edifice in front of the main façade. It was constructed during the time of Dom Manuel I and doubled up as a watchtower.

Several chapels were added to the Southern side of the church during restoration work in the 16th century. Notable are the polychromed statue of the Virgin Mary and Child (early 16th century) in the main altar and the funerary monument of Diogo Pinheiro, the first Bishop of Funchal, a fine Renaissance work dating from 1525, located on the wall of the main chapel.

Tuesday – Sunday: 10h00 – 18h00, Monday & Sunday: CLOSED | FREE
Rua Aquiles de Mota Lima, 2300-255, Tomar, Portugal. | 39º 36' 10.5" N | 08º 23' 59.2" W

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Igreja de Santa Maria do Olival
Igreja de Santa Maria do Oliva - Interiorl

Igreja de Santa Maria do Oliva


Hotel dos Templários

Hotel dos Templários

Centrally located close to the old town and shopping areas surrounded by beautiful gardens and the Nabão River. The hotel has five duplex suites and 171 rooms fully equipped with phone, satellite TV, radio, minibar, air conditioning, rooms with balcony and panoramic view. Panoramic restaurant, bar with terrace overlooking the pool, room service, Full Concierge Service, laundry, free private parking, swimming-pool, health-club, Tennis, games and conference rooms.

1 Largo Cândido dos Reis, Apartado 91 Tomar, Portugal.
N 39º 36' 4.6" | W 08º 24' 50.3"

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Hotel Estalagem de Santa Iria

Hotel Estalagem de Santa Iria

Located in a tranquil location on the island of Mouchão (Mouchão Park) in th centre of Tomar, surrounded by flowers and the romantic landscape of the Nabão river. Under the ever-present shadow of the impressive Templários Castle and the famous Convento de Cristo. The Hotel Estalagem de Santa Iria has 13 rooms and a deluxe suite. Every room has a private bathroom. They are all equipped with a satellite TV, telephone, radio and an early morning call. The hotel has a restaurant, 60 people banqueting facilities, a meeting room for 70 people and a bar with fireplace.

Parque do Mouchão 2300 - 586 Tomar, Portugal.
N 39º 36' 22.2" | W 08º 24' 47.7"

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Quinta da Anunciada Velha

Quinta da Anunciada Velha

An agricultural property just two miles from the historical centre of Tomar. The farm has a lovely rustic charm together with an elegance and some traces of the 18th century. Spread over a series of cottages with the same rustic and elegant ambiance displayed in the interiors. There is also a swimming-pool.

Madalena 2305-432 Madalena, Tomar, Portugal.
N 39º 33' 56.7" | W 08º 26' 30.8"

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Casas Das Ratas

Casas Das Ratas

A small yet atmospheric restaurant serving traditional Portuguese food with a contemporary twist. The interior has a old-tavern feel about it and the walls are decorated in wine memorabilia. Taking advantage of great local produce the food is prepared with great skill and served by friendly and helpful staff. It's advisable to book, especially during high season, due to it's popularity.

Daily: 10h00 - 15h00/19h00 - 03h00
6 Rua Doutor Joaquim Jacinto , 2300-577 Tomar, Portugal.
39º 36' 13.7" N | 08º 24' 43.6" W
+351 249 315 237

Alminhas Restaurante

Alminhas Restaurante

Step through the unimposing entrance opposite the old synagogue into a bright contemporary yet warm and friendly atmosphere. The menu is varied enough to suit most palates with an large selection of deserts. The staff are very dedicated and friendly, well conversed in english to talk you through the modestly priced menu.

Daily: 10h00 - 15h00/19h00 - 02h00
Rua Dr. Joaquim Jacinto, 48A, Tomar, Portugal. | 39º 36' 12.7" N | 08º 24' 47.3" W
+351 249 346 594 |

Tasquinha da Mitas

Tasquinha da Mitas

Good honest freshly cooked cuisine, typically large portions, try asking for a meia doce (half portions) if your appetite is as small as the prices here. Outside seating offers great views over the river whilst the staff are helpful and fluent in english.

Daily: 10h00 - 15h00/19h00 - 02h00
Rua Alexandre Herculano N.1, 2300-000, Tomar, Portugal.
39º 36' 17" N | 08º 24' 45.6" W
+351 249 324 152

129km (80 mi) North East of Lisbon Portela Airport Website


From Porto take the A13 and A1 South 211 km (131 mi).
From Lisbon take the A1 North 137km (85 miles).
Latitude - 39º 36' 19.4" | Longitude - 08º 24' 15.5"


Regional train services (comboios regionais) from Lisboa Santa Apolónia:
• Ramal de Tomar line Timetable

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Rede Expressos run services to Tomar from Lisbon Sete Rios coach station and takes about 1 3/4 hours. Website