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Convento de Cristo

Wrapped in splendour and mystery, the Knights Templar held enormous power in Portugal from the 12th to 16th centuries, and largely bankrolled the Age of Discoveries. Their headquarters sit on wooded slopes above the…
Aqueduct in Tomar

Aqueduto de Pegões

This impressive aqueduct, striding towards the monastery from the northwest, was built between 1593 and 1613 to supply water to thirsty monks. Its 180 arches, some of which are double-decker, are thought to have bee…
Church in Tomar

Ermida de Nossa Senhora da Conceição

Downhill from the monastery is this strikingly simple Renaissance chapel in a lovely position. It’s attributed to Diogo de Torralva, architect of the Convento de Christo cloisters.
Church in Tomar

Igreja de São João Baptista

The old town’s most striking church faces Praça da República, itself an eye-catching ensemble of 17th-century buildings alive with the echo of cooing pigeons. The church dates mostly from the late 15th century. It h…
Synagogue in Tomar

Museu Luso-Hebraico Abraham Zacuto

On a charming cobbled lane in the old town, you’ll find the country’s best-preserved medieval synagogue. Built between 1430 and 1460, it was used for only a few years before Dom Manuel’s convert-or-leave edict of 14…
Museum in Tomar

Museu dos Fósforos

This museum, reached via the lovely courtyard of the Convento de São Francisco, contains Europe’s largest collection of matchboxes. Amassed by local ‘phillumenist’ Aquiles da Mota Lima, the 40,000-plus matchboxes fr…
Gallery in Tomar

Núcleo De Arte Contemporânea

This modern museum showcases the work of 20th-century modernists and surrealists as well as contemporary artists from all over Portugal.