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Convento de Cristo [Tomar]

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Hidden : 5/2/2003
Difficulty:
1 out of 5
Terrain:
1 out of 5

Size: Size: virtual (virtual)

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History:  

The Convent of the Order of Christ and the Templars' Castle in Tomar form a unique monumental ensemble in their kind. The Castle was founded in 1160 by Dom Gualdim Pais, provincial Master of the Order of the Temple in Portugal. The early inhabitants of Tomar lived within its walls. The core of the fortress heart, the Alcáçova (Citadel), with the donjon, was built on the east side; the mystical place, the octagonal Templar Church, was built on the west side. With the dissolution of the Order, because of the persecutions of King Philippe, the Beautiful, King of France, the Templars could carry on with its sacred Cavalry mission in Portugal.

The Order of the Temple was dissolved in 1312 but their property and, in part, their vocation were transferred, in Portugal, to the Order of Christ, which was created in 1319. Under the auspices of King Dinis it was founded the "Order of the Knights of Christ" which was negotiated for four years between the monarch and the Holy See; both the people and properties of the dissolved Order joined the new Order. It is thanks to the Order of Christ that the Portuguese nation opened itself to the maritime Discoveries carried out in the 15th century. Tomar became, therefore, the headquarters of the Order and, Prince Henry, the Navigator, their Master.

In the architectural structure of the Convent, besides the buildings constructed around the Templar Church, there is also to point out the ensemble of four large cloisters framed in Latin cross by two axes, and also an aqueduct 6 km long, constructed by King Philip I. A wooden farming area known as Mata dos Sete Montes (Wood of the Seven Hills), due to the seven hills that surround it, makes part of the Convent's estate.

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The hunt

You'll have to e-mail me the date that's in the top of the Portal do Sul /South Portal, near the given coordinates, and sent me by e-mail (manantunes at gmail dot com) a photo of yourself in the area, with 'Convento de Cristo'/Christ's Convent recognizable so I can accept your log. Please don't reveal the date in any log!

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Last Updated: on 11/15/2017 3:57:48 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (11:57 PM GMT)
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum

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