Convent of Christ

Tomar, Portugal

We left Évora (which, by the way, is lovely) and drove north about 2 1/2 hours to Tomar for a day trip to see the Convent of Christ.

The monastery was built in the 12th century by the Knights Templar. Its enticing architecture is, like many sites in Portugal, a combination of styles: Gothic, Renaissance, Roman, and, of course, Manueline.

It has a church and eight cloisters, and I really enjoyed listening to the audio tour describe the history of the Knights Templar, why the art and architecture is significant, and a glimpse into what life was like for the monks who lived at the Convento de Cristo.

By far the most amazing part of the site is the charola/rotunda, and sharing this picture is the honestly driving force behind this post, despite the fact that it could never do the actual rotunda justice.

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My family went into the monastery with no real expectations, and we all left thoroughly impressed. So far, it’s my favorite thing we’ve done. Overall consensus: the Convent of Christ is definitely worth the trip.

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11 thoughts on “Convent of Christ

  1. Great photos. I was just in Portugal but didn’t do any sightseeing. I did many years ago though. Beautiful country.

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