Our Tomar and Coimbra Tour, a special tour for special people, visiting Portuguese Templars home town as well as the oldest European University.
From the ancient Portuguese legends to the pioneers of the education in Europe, Coimbra.
VALUE OF THIS PRIVATE TOUR
|PLACE OF DEPARTURE||Hotel / Apartment, Lisbon|
|TIME OF DEPARTURE||8:30 AM|
|RETURN TIME||Approximately 6:00 PM in the afternoon.|
Tomar and Coimbra Tour
Tomar had “witnessed” the struggles of the Christian Reconquest, preserves an important testimony of the Hebrew religion, the ancient synagogue of the 16th century, the Luso-Hebrew Museum of Abraham Zacuto, dedicated to the distinguished this astronomer and mathematician of the fifteenth century. Located in ancient “Judiaria” has a valuable documentary collection.
Tomar the Portuguese Templar´s home town, known as warrior monks, the templars settled in Portugal and were very important for the construction of Portugal as an independent country, helping to conquer numerous villages to the Moors, the Order of the Templars, known allover the world as knights of the Temple, founded in 1119 by Hugo de Payens and eight more Knights.
Coimbra, a city of Celtic origin, followed by different civilizations such as; Romans, Vesigodos and later the Moors, the first Portuguese king Afonso Henriques, placed it as the capital of the kingdom, also linked to the precious love story between D.Pedro I and D. Inês, where the Portuguese King Alfonso IV, had condemned to dead is soon “lover”…
Coimbra highlight, the Joanine library was built in the XVIII century on the former University prison, its considered by many one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, its lovely decoration only was finished on the XVIII century in its ceilings lovely frescoes executed by Antonio Ribeiro and Vicente Nunes, as well portrait of the Portuguese king Joao V done by the Italian Domenico Dupra.
Tomar and Coimbra Tour a great tour for those who have no time to waste, visiting two of the most important places in Portugal in just one day from Lisbon.
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.
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 do Olival
Coimbra - University - Library Joanina
Although it was built following the royal project of reforming university studies (as a result of the diffusion of the Enlightenment currents in Portugal), the Joanine Library is recognized as one of the most original and spectacular European baroque libraries, Joao Ferreira was the master of works the decoration ( painted ) was only realized some years later.
During the Pombaline Reformation: the frescoes of the ceilings and cimalhas were executed by António Simões Ribeiro, painter, and Vicente Nunes gilder. The celebrated portrait of Portuguese King João V is attributed to the Italian Domenico Duprà and the painting and gilding of the shelves was carried out by Manuel da Silva.
Coimbra - DownTown
Today, both are privileged places of the city, where services (banking, insurance, commerce), centuries of history, housing, culture, green spaces and leisure are mixed. It is here that you can find a part of the civic center of the city, the big shopping streets (such as Rua Ferreira Borges), the traditional Municipal Market D.Pedro V, Coimbra train station and important monuments such as the Santa Cruz Monastery.