UNESCO’s World Heritage | The Convent of the Order of Christ and the Templar’s Castle are a unique monumental complex, incorporating various artistic tendencies: Romanic, Gothic, Manueline, Renaissance art and Mannerism.
Registered in UNESCO’s World Heritage List since December 1983, the Convent of the Order of Christ and the Templar’s Castle, in Tomar, is a unique monumental complex of its kind, incorporating various artistic tendencies: Romanic, Gothic, Manueline, Renaissance art and Mannerism.
The castle was originally founded in 1160 by Dom Gualdim Pais, the Provincial Master of the Knights Templar in Portugal. After extinction of the order in the early 14th century, the Templars continued their sacred mission of knighthood in Tomar.
Under the auspices of D. Dinis, the “Order of the Knights of Christ” was founded and following recognition by the Holy See, it incorporated persons and assets from the extinct Templar Order.
With the aid of the Order of Christ, Portugal embarked on the endeavour of the Maritime Discoveries in the 15th century. Tomar was the Order’s headquarters and Prince Henry the Navigator, was its Master.