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TOMAR

Templar city

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The historical centre of this city, crossed by Nabão river, is an example of Medieval urbanism, conceived under Templar Order ruling, as a means of consolidating territory possession. D. Afonso Henriques conquered it to the Muslims and donated it to Templar Order. Gualdim Pais, second master of Temple Order and King’s comrade-in-arms granted it the “foral” (Royal document) in 1162. Outstanding Christ Convent began to be built in the 12th century. The “charola”, an eastern-inspired fortress temple, is the oldest building. The fact the D. Henrique remained in charge of Christ Order that inherited already extinct Templar possessions has deeply developed Tomar in the 15th century. The main examples of this growth are: the urbanisation of a new zone, as well as building and cloister construction in the former Templar praying zone, the “charola”. D. Manuel I gave Tomar a new “foral” (Royal document) in 1510 and later the city would benefit from new investments under Filipe dynasty, such as convent’s main cloister and Pegões Aqueduct. Several factories would settle in Tomar until the 19th century. You can still see in Nabão river, which crosses the city, the former weirs that were used for making the most of water moving force in industry from the 16th century. Following the visit of Queen D. Maria II, Tomar became a city in 1844. Tomar is famous for its renowned monuments, such as Christ Convent, UNESCO World Heritage site since 1984. Among its several tourism potentialities, we highlight the visit to numerous historical buildings, archaeological relics, walks along its copious gardens, as well as that great local highlight which is the Boards’ Feast.

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