Fatima Tomar Tour the perfect tour for those who wanna understand the importance of the knights Templars, to the “construction” of one of the oldest European countries Portugal, and at the same time visit the Sanctuary of Virgin Mary, a few kilometers away.
COST OF THIS PRIVATE TOUR
|2 People – 300€||6 People – 350€|
|3 People – 310€||7 People – 370€|
|4 People – 320€||8 People – 400€|
|5 People – 340€|
- Children up to 3 years old: Free
- Children aged from 4 to 10 years old: 50% Discount
|PLACE OF DEPARTURE||Hotel / Apartment, Lisbon|
|TIME OF DEPARTURE||8:30 AM|
|RETURN TIME||Approximately 6:00 PM in the afternoon.|
The Order of the Templars or Order of the Temple created in 1118 in Jerusalem composed by nine French knights among them Hugo de Payens and Geoffroy de Saint-Omer aiming to watch over the conveniences and protection of Christian pilgrims in the sacred territory.
They brought them rivalries and fears, feelings that in the fourteenth century ended in their extinction, being declared guilty of heresy, defamation of the name of God, as well as sacred things, worshiping other gods, sexual perversions and practicing magic.
Fatima is originally Moorish, the name of one of the daughters of Muhammad, according to the legend Fatima was a Moorish princess, who was kidnapped during the Cristian reconquest, under the command of D. Afonso Henriques,.
The Apparitions of 1917, Fatima where on May 13, 1917 three children from humble families, went to pasture after the mass the flock of sheep in the lands of the father of one of them, there they felt a flash of lightning, in a bright and serene sky, according to one of them, they witness “a Lady dressed all in white, brighter than the sun.
Lady Mary told them, she said that he would return to six times in a row on the 13th of the next moths, at the time Fatima was a completely unknown village, but from then on, millions of pilgrims from all over the world came every year, with two Basilicas and a small one called the “Capelinha” or small Chapel.
Our Fatima Tomar Tour, its the best way to visit those beautiful places in Portugal…
Fatima - Sanctuary
Our Fatima Tomar Tour begins by visiting the Sanctuary of Fatima, the largest Marian shrine in Europe and one of the largest in the world, which receives millions of visitors every year.
This was the place where in 1917 the Lady Virgin appeared to three children of humble families who were helping the parents with shepherding of sheep, their names were: Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco. Time to attend Mass (optional).
Visit to the two Basilicas there; Our Lady of the White Rosary, Holy Trinity and the Chapel of the Apparitions, the first Chapel to be built shortly after the apparitions, located in the center of the Sanctuary is a place not to be missed, not for grandeur, but for the meaning, it is mandatory to be visit.
At one end the Basilica of Our Lady of the White Rosary, built in 1928 with a neo-baroque architecture, here you will find the tombs of the three little shepherd children (Francis and Jacinta), and now also the tomb of Sister Lucia, in the other end the imposing Basilica of the Holy Trinity, built in 2007 with more than 8,000 seats and 40,000 m² of area designed by the Greek architect Alexandros Tombazis.
Fatima - Shepherds Houses
Next we will visit the houses where the children lived in Valinhos a few kilometers from the Shrine, extremely well preserved, from here that they would bring the sheep to the actual place of the Santuary (Cova da Iria) and again back home.
This was their daily routine, by visiting these houses we get a very precise picture of the countryside portuguese families way of life, in the begining of the 20th century. Nowadays one of Lucia de Jesus’s nieces, Maria dos Anjos, lives next door to the house she was born.
Tomar - Convent of Christ
After a journey of approximately 45 minutes, we will visit one of the ex-libris of the Order of the Knights Templar in Europe, later Order of Christ in Portugal, the Convent of Christ.
Visiting the Templars Castle/ Convent of Christ is traveling into time and understand the power and prestige of this military order in Portugal.
With the extinction of the Order of the Templars in 1311, the Portuguese King Dinis delivered the castle and all there patrimony to the Order of Christ. Latter the earthquake of 1755 in Portugal, caused several damages in its structure and during the following century was altered, which adulterated the austerity of its initial architecture.
Tomar - Old Town Center
Tomar with its historic center, quite picturesque, with small streets lined with buildings of great cultural significance, a walking area of great delight.
The oldest part of the city (Medieval) orientated in cardinal points in cross, with a convent in each of its extremes, in the center the Republic Square, with the Mother Church, to the west the hill of the Castle and the Convent of Christ.
Numerous shops of traditional commerce here we can also find the oldest coffee known for its almond and chila Cheesecakes and the traditional Tomar slices, made with egg yolks and boiled in a special saucepan, the legend says that has invented by a person from Tomar in the mid-twentieth century.
Santa Maria Olival
Another importance place to visit will be the church of Santa Maria do Olival, built in the 12th century and was the headquarter of the Order of the Templars, classified as National Monument in 1910 and is one of the most emblematic examples of Gothic art in Portugal.
Here the city funder Gualdim Pais is buried as well as other Grand Masters of the Order, a Church that seems smaller than in reality is once buried two meters below the ground.