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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Convent of Christ in Tomar, Portugal

[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] Convent of Christ in Tomar is a World Heritage Site in Santarém District, Portugal. Officially known as the Convent of the Order of Christ (Convento de Cristo), it was built in the 12th century by the Knights Templer. When the Order of the Knights Templer was disbanded in the 14th century, its Portuguese branch became the Order of the Knights of the Order of Christ, and was instrumental in spearheading Portugal's maritime discoveries of the 15th century.


Convent of Christ, Tomar
Convent of Christ, Tomar
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The Convent of Christ of Tomar is one of the most important religious monuments in Portugal. It includes the Castle of the Knights Templar of Tomar, built by Gualdim Pais, the provincial Master of the Order of the Temple, around 1160. Within the grounds of the castle is the famous round church built during the second half of the 12th century. It was modelled after the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, as the crusaders believed it to be the remnant of the Temple of Solomon.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Convent of Christ in Tomar was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 7th session of the World Heritage Committee in Florence, Italy, on 5 - 9 December, 1983.

Location: N39 36 16.992 W8 25 3 in Tomar, Santarém District, Portugal
Inscription Year: 1983
Type: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: I, VI
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