Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Tomar: Convento de Cristo

A marked contrast to yesterday's post of the tiny synagogue in Tomar is the huge and elaborate Convento de Cristo, a monastic fortress and church built in 1160 by the Knights Templar, later known as the Knights of Christ. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and utterly spectacular.

Round church

One of the many cloisters


Decorated pillars of the central octagon of the church

Detail of external pillar carved in Manueline style


Food storage

Stairs to the cellar

Window in the most sumptuous Manueline style.

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