Discover the key role that the Knights Templar played in human history on this Alcobaça Batalha and Tomar private full-day tour, from Lisbon. The Order of the Temple, based in the Convent of Christ in Tomar, greatly impacted Portugal, from its founding to many of its discoveries. Visit three monuments on the route of the UNESCO World Heritage-classified Portuguese monasteries: the Alcobaça Monastery, the Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória (better known as the Batalha Monastery), and the Convent of Christ in Tomar.
Begin your tour at one of Portugal’s most significant medieval monuments, the Monastery of Alcobaça. Constructed in 1178 by Cistercian monks and consecrated in 1252, the monastery is Portugal’s first Gothic building. It’s also remarkable for being the highest and longest church in the country, getting elected one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal, and its UNESCO World Heritage site status.Next, journey to Batalha and discover its rich cultural heritage, from the Roman presence to decisive struggles for national independence. Visit the Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória da Batalha, better known as the Monastery of Batalha, built by King John I. It was built to fulfill a promise to the Virgin Mary following Portugal’s August 14, 1385 victory over the Spanish army in the Battle of Aljubarrota, and came to symbolize the country’s independence. Classified a UNESCO World Heritage site, the monastery is Portugal’s most significant Gothic building and an original example of 'Manueline art'.Discover Tomar’s Convent of Christ, a historic UNESCO World Heritage monument. The Military Order of Solomon's Temple began in Jerusalem around 1118 to defend Palestine’s holy lands. Aided by the Knights Templar during the reconquest, Dom Afonso Henriques, Portugal’s founder, donated the Tomar’s lands to the Knights Templar in 1160. The castle was built by D. Gualdim Pais, the first Grand Master, and became the Temple headquarters in Portugal. Tread in the footsteps of these legendary knights before concluding your tour at the original starting point.