Convent of Christ
Including the Templar castle and the Convent of the Order of Christ -construction of which occurred between the 12th and the 17th centuries -, the monument inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List has one of the most expressive testimonies to the history of Portuguese architecture. Of particular note are the church’s Romanesque “charola”, the cloister of King D. João III, and the famous Manueline window in the Chapter House.
This huge structure, including its seven cloisters and different monastic constructions, stands adjacent to the old wall – Mata dos Sete Montes, an area of significant natural and landscape value.
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- Governing body:
- Andreia Galvão
- Igreja do Castelo Templário 2300 Tomar
- Lat: 39.60410108212687 Long: -8.419089317321777
- +351 249 313 481 e +351 249 315 089
How to get there: Por Autoestrada: A partir de Lisboa – A1, até ao km 93. A partir do Porto – A1, até ao km 198. Saída 7 para a A23 - Torres Novas (pf. ver: Mais Informações*)
Trains: Vários comboios diários entre Lisboa e Tomar, via Entroncamento. Cerca de 2 h de viagem.
Parking facilities: PAID (managed by the municipality of Tomar). Light vehicles: near the entrance to the Castle and on the north slope near Ermida de N. Sr.ª da Conceição. Automobiles: capacity for 50 vehicles. Buses: capacity for 7 vehicles.
Accessibility: A special entrance on the ground floor is available for visitors with reduced mobility (upon request at the Reception desk or by advance booking). A multimedia kiosk is adapted for blind users. [YDREAMS EQUIPMENT available for blind users is TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE].
Outober to may - From 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (last entry at 5 p.m.)
June to september - From 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (last entry at 6 p.m.)
Recommended circuit: Henry the Navigator cloisters (Cemetery and Laundry), church, main cloister, Santa Bárbara cloister, Hostelry cloister and Micha cloister. Exit: 5:30 p.m.
It closes on 1 January, Easter Sunday, 1 march, 1 May, 25 December.
The Education and Animation Service of the Convent of Christ is prepared to attend to the needs of Teachers and Students of all levels of education in close liaison with the Technical and Scientific Office.
As well as promoting school visits, this service plans, designs and implements online contents and develops campaigns to attract larger audiences and raise awareness to the importance of heritage in our collective memory and national identity.
Education Service / School visits special theme visits
Monday to Friday from 9h00 to16h00
Advance booking according to availability
Tel.: +351 249 315 089 / +351 249 313 434
Fax: +351 249 322 730
For advance booking click here
FAQs (frequently asked questions)
* How to get here:
By motorway: From Lisbon – A1 to km 93. From Oporto – A1 to km 198. Exit 7 to A23 - Torres Novas. On the A23, take the IC3 and follow this route until the exit to Tomar through the N 110. (shorter route – south access).
By national road: from Leiria – N 113 / IC9; from Coimbra – EN 110/IC3.
By car from the city centre: from the Praceta Alves Redol roundabout, take the west route, through Av. Dr. Cândido Madureira; once you reach the end of this road, turn right, follow Av. Dr. Vieira Guimarães until you find parking near Ermida de N. S. da Conceição; this will lead to another park for picking up and dropping off passengers (light vehicles), just opposite the Templar Castle. Buses will drop off passengers in this park and pick them up from the monument’s north façade.
Walking from the city centre: Go to Praça da República and from behind the City Hall take the Calçada medieval de S. Tiago up to the car park; you may also take the Calçada medieval de S. André up to largo do Pelourinho (Pillor Square).
Access to the Convent is made through the Templar Castle.
Chávenas de caféCoffee cup and saucer "Um Arquitecto / Um Monumento"- Convento de Cristo
Chávenas de cháTea cup and saucer - Convento de Cristo
LápisPencil with bookmark nº 2 "Charola" - Convento de Cristo
PublicationsA charola do Convento de Cristo – História e Restauro
PublicationsA Botica do Real Convento de Thomar
Mirror pattern tile Nº 1 - Convento de Cristo
Mirror pattern tile Nº 2 - Convento de Cristo
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