Tuesday, August 17, 2010

PORTUGAL - Tomar : Christ's Convent

PORTUGAL stamp :

Location of TOMAR in PORTUGAL :

The Convent of the Order of Christ (Portuguese : Convento de Cristo) is a religious building and Roman Catholic building in Tomar, Portugal, originally a Templar stronghold built in the 12th century. After the Order of the Knights Templar was dissolved in the 14th century, the Portuguese branch of the order was turned into the Knights of the Order of Christ, which supported Portugal's maritime discoveries of the 15th century.

The Convent of Christ of Tomar is one of Portugal's most important historical and artistic monuments and has been in the World Heritage list of UNESCO since 1983.

UNESCO World Heritage Site :


Date of inscription : 1983

UNESCO brief description :

Originally designed as a monument symbolizing the Reconquest, the Convent of the Knights Templar of Tomar (transferred in 1344 to the Knights of the Order of Christ) came to symbolize just the opposite during the Manueline period – the opening up of Portugal to other civilizations.


Postcard sent by Marta, as "martinha"
Private swap - Reference PT003

Christ's Convent


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