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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Tomar, Portugal
This door is a door to the São João Baptista Church a late gotic church build by order from King D.Manuel I located on main square of the town of Tomar. Tomar is an interesting town situated in a large and beautiful valley on the banks of the River Nabão in the centre of Portugal. Its linked closely to the Knights Templar and one of the most important chapters of Portuguese history. The Order of the Templars was founded in 1119 after the recapture of Santarém. In 1160, their Grande Master, Gualdim Pais, built the Castle of Tomar on a hill above the river. After the suppression of the order in 1314, King Dinis then founded a new order - the Order of Christ - which was transferred to Tomar in 1356. This helped finance Prince Henry the Navigator's voyages of discovery in the 14th and 15th centuries, during which his ships bore the Order's red cross on their sails. (Photo by Francisco Ourique)
posted by /T/ at 7:32 AM