Go up to the top of the hill where it is located the Templar Castle and discover inside, protected by its walls, the Convent of Christ, considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983. This is a compendium of various architectural styles as it was built during seven centuries (from the 12th to the 18th century). 

Admire the Chapterhouse Window, which is the epitome of the Manueline art, and its decorative elements representing the Discoveries. Be dazzled by the majestic central tambour of the Templar round church (“Charola”) and by the various cloisters that form the convent.   

The Convent of Christ played an important role in the history of Portugal. It served as headquarters for the Templar knights and later for the Order of Christ. With Prince D. Henrique in command, in the 15th century, the knights of the Order of Christ became navigators and sailed to discover new worlds. In the 16th century, Filipe II of Spain was here acclaimed as king of Portugal in 1580. It thus began the Philippine dominion that lasted until 1640.


Contact details:

Address: Igreja do Castelo Templário, 2300 Tomar

GPS coordinates: N - 39º 36' 14.8536" / W - 8º 25' 9.231"

Phone number: +351 249 315 089 / +351 249 313 434 / +351 249 313 481 (entrance of the monument)

Fax: +351 249 322 730

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Website: www.conventocristo.pt  

Tickets: http://www.conventocristo.pt/pt/index.php?s=white&pid=172&identificador=ct24_pt  


Opening hours

Winter (October to May) – 9:00 to 17:30 (last admission at 17:00)

Summer (June to September) – 9:00 to 18:30 (last admission at 18:00)

Closed: 1 January, Easter Sunday, 1 May and 25 December

  • Interior of the Convent of Christ's Charola
  • Convent of Christ
  • Charola of the Convent of Christ
  • Chapter House Window

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