Convento de Cristo, Tomar, Portugal

The first part of the post on Convent of Christ, Tomar I described partly what to see in interiors of this monastery. This post continues with some more details on the cloisters in Convento de Cristo, Tomar. There are a total of 8 cloisters in Convento de Cristo. I roamed through several of them. The winding staircases took us to different cloisters all varying in sizes and shapes.

The Hostelry cloister was designed to house travelers temporarily. They were pilgrims, clergymen, nobles. Visitors belonging to higher strata of society were lodged in upper floor. Servant’s quarter was on ground floor.

Cloister of John III is magnificent, two-storey cloister. It connects the dormitory of the monks to the church. The storeys are connected to each other by four elegant helicoidal stairways, located at each corner of the cloisters.

Convento de Cristo Tomar Cloister 1Convento de Cristo Tomar Cloister 2

In the cloister of cemetery is the tomb of Diogo da Gama, brother of navigator Vasco da Gama.

The dormitory where the monks lived and Dinning room of Knights Templars with marble table in Convento de Cristo Tomar – Portugal.

Convento de Cristo Tomar 3

UNESCO says…
Tomar was declared a World Heritage Site because:
“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.”

If you are anywhere near it would be worthwhile to spend a couple of hours touring this Convento de Cristo Tomar. We are glad we included this in our itinerary. The next destination was Coimbra.

Road to Coimbra from Tomar.

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33 Responses

  1. TexWisGirl says:

    all those arches! wow!

  2. Beautiful photography and love photo of the blue highway fence ~

    Wishing you a Happy Week ~ ^_^

  3. sylviakirk says:

    An incredible place and incredible capture as always, Indrani!! Fascinating!! I do hope your new year is off to a great start and I do look forward to your posts — as always!!

  4. Cloudia says:

    Your work is so edifying

  5. Linja says:

    Beautiful monastery! The only ones I’ve seen were not so fancy.

  6. What an impressive building – The architecture is amazing.
    Nice shot of the highway and it’s guardrail fencing. I like the blue posts in the middle.

  7. felicia says:

    a beautiful building.

  8. Very nicely narrated. Portuguese architecture. Similar architecture, we get to see in Goa also I guess.

  9. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful post

  10. So beautiful, Nice to read.

  11. ladyfi says:

    Such gorgeous shots.

  12. Magnificent place to visit!

  13. Antonina says:

    Portuguese architecture is beautiful, I hope that this year I will see it in person. Greetings from Poland.

  14. Sadhvi says:

    Amazing pictures,the high way is beautiful

  15. Amazing Pictures of the Monastery.. An interesting Post, Indrani!

  16. Good article with beautiful pics.

  17. Love the picture of the blue highway fence 🙂 Beautiful all!

  18. Ami says:

    Nice captures. I would love to check out the dormitory of the Knights. 😀

  19. Amazing views. 🙂

  20. Jeevan says:

    Great captures and worth examined with the architecture and pretty neat ambiance! The road to Coimbra quite invites… Looking forward to read about.

  21. Mridula says:

    Lovely as always!

  22. beautiful pictures…

  23. Tennyson says:

    Awesome! I would love to be here one day! 🙂

  24. Marvellous is the word! Hope I get to see this architectural marvel sometime soon.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Best, Shashi.

  25. This place looks leavenly. Would love to go here one day.

  26. The last picture is so stunning.
    A great post, dear 🙂

  27. Arun says:

    Monastery is beautiful. The road to coimbra looks nice, guess you had fun drive,

  28. Murthy says:

    Great post with explicit coverage.

  29. Yogi saraswat says:

    Lovely pictures with informative write up Indrni ji . European architect is very different to Indian or Mughal .

  30. Sushmita says:

    Beautiful Pictures 🙂

  31. Awesome description along with wonderful pictures of Monastery of Tomar, Portugal! Many of your readers whose interest lies in knowing about the world history will enjoy reading your post. I too love visiting historical places and I wish to see this place soon. Thanks for sharing the post with us.

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