8 Hours
Duração
Lisboa
Localização

Knights templar Tour a revival of the past, in  fact that yo understanding the future we have to learn about the our ancestors.

And this is evident in Portugal, we need to imagine the importance of this important religious Order in the future Country Portugal and also the importance that Portugal had for the growth of the Order.

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PLACE OF DEPARTUREHotel / Apartment, Lisbon
TIME OF DEPARTURE8:30 AM
RETURN TIMEApproximately 6:00 PM
INCLUDED
Accredited and exclusive guideBottled Waters
Entrances to the Convent of ChristFree Wifi
NOT INCLUDED
Lunch
Entrance Fees

On the morning of October 13, 1307 (Friday), all the Templars of France are arrested by order of King Philip IV the Beautiful. This would be the end to an Order of Monks-Soldiers, more than two centuries old, which became famous in the Holy Land and which acquired power and wealth, attracting the envy of feudal lords and the greed of the sovereigns, won by considerable donations The order quite rich and turned it into one of the main western financial institutions, like true bankers.

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Templars - Who were They ?

The Military Order of the Temple was founded in France, in the Champagne region, in the year 1120 in the context of the establishment of the Council of Nablus, one of the most popular military orders of medieval Christian Europe, created to protect the pilgrimage movement to the Holy Places of christianity in the Middle East, under increasing ascendancy of Islamic power.
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Almourol

 We begin our Knights Templar Tour with a visit to the “Almourol castle” located on a small island that and inhabited during the Roman occupation of the Iberian peninsula (today’s Portugal and Spain’s territory), occupied by the Muslims from the eighth century. During the Christian reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula, Almourol was conquered by D. Afonso Henriques (Afonso I, first king of Portugal), in 1129, and was offered to the Order of Knights Templar, which was responsible for the reconstruction of the castle, giving it the characteristics of Templar fortifications. 

With the extinction of the Knights Templar in europe in 1311, the Portuguese King Dinis gave the castle to the Order of Christ (The Knight of Templar order in Portugal changed the name and created this new Order of Christ, thus avoiding prosecution from the church). The 1755 earthquake caused many damages in its structure and during the following century some changes were made to its original architecture.​ 

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Tomar - Convent of Christ

 So, our Knights Templar Tour continues in direction of  Tomar, beginning our visit with the Templar Castle/ Convent of Christ, the Templar Order’s headquarters until 1314, and the Order of Christ, from 1357. The castle itself was founded in 1160. Optional lunch near the Nabao River in Tomar’s city center. 
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Santa Maria dos Olivais Church

Perhaps the first headquarter of the Order of the Temple, a transition from Romanesque to Gothic architecture, on the facade a large rosette bearing the mark of the Knights Templar, the Signum Salomonis. In this church you can find the tomb of Guladim Pais, founder of the city, and other Grand Masters of the Order, a Church that seems smaller than in reality is once it is buried two meters below the ground.
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Sinagogue

After lunch we continue our Knights Templar Tour by visiting the oldest Portuguese Synagogue, like most of all Jewish places of worship, the interior of the little synagogue in Tomar is a big surprise its roof is supported by  four columns representing the mothers of Israel: Sarah, Rachel, Rebecca and Leah, linked by 12 arches, symbolising the 12 tribes of Israel with four terracotta jars in the corners that serve as natural amplifiers. The temple was commissioned by Infante D. Henrique ( Henry the Navigator ), for whom the Jewish community financed most of the Discoveries project.In 1496 the jews are expelled from Portugal and the synagogue was closed down, used for various purposes during centuries, when it was bought by Dr. Samuel Schwarz, who donated it to the State, on the condition that the Museu Luso-Hebraico was installed there.
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Return to Lisbon

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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 4 reviews
6 August, 2017

Transfers and 2 tours; Walkborder Tours is the best !!!!!
From the time I called him when we contacted Hugo Goncalves, he answered, explained, and arranged everything, and he did his best to help us with our trip. We did two tours, (and several airport transfers) with this company. With Joao, our tour guide, we went to Sintra and Tomar Joao was super nice; He knows a lot about the country, history, food, everything! He offered recommendations for where to dine, he helped arrange another transfer when our niece arrived late at the airport. In the end, Joao and Hugo did everything for our family. Without a doubt, we would do another tour with this company !! Thank you!

19 August, 2017

“Customized Day Trips That Made Our Holiday Even More Exciting!”

We [my wife, daughter and me] had a great two weeks in Portugal, thanks mainly to Hugo for five customized day trips.
The tour guides [Joaquim, Gustav, Pedro and Diego] were so good and offered wonderful perspectives different from the usual wiki stuff. Some of the stuff really got us thinking even!
The best part is that they are ever so accommodating and I was never pushed or even mildly suggested to quicken my pace.
Great team to be with if you are looking for the perfect set of tour guides.
Jimmy

23 April, 2018

A true history lesson
I hired Walkborders for their tours of the page, and I did not read Trip Advisor reviews here. When sending email questioning about availability, I was very well taken care of by Mr. Hugo.
Our guide was Mr. Joaquim, we hired two tours, to Fatima and to Tomar, as well as the transfer to the airport.
The two tours were excellent, Mr. Joaquim is very knowledgeable and gave us a real lesson, we enjoyed it very much.
Super recommended.

11 November, 2018

Great Tour
Thanks for the wonderful day and a lesson on the Templars in Europe.
Congratulations Hugo for the people who have to work with you, João great guide ….

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