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This picturesque town is situated on the bank of the Nabao River. First mentions of the city belong to the 12th century. According to one legend the first settlers of this place were the Templars, who built a fortress on a hill. Steadily new and new buildings appeared around the castle. Today only Charolais Church reminds of the past centuries. This church was built a few years after the building of the fortress. This is a magnificent building, which architecture is quite unusual for the Middle Ages. The tower has 16 facets, and so it is considered that the prototype of this church was the Holy Sepulcher located in Jerusalem. The inner halls of the church are decorated with gilded halls and beautiful hand-painted carvings.
The central part of Tomar is considered a historic district. Here have remained old narrow streets, on which you will see small shops and cozy cafes. The main shopping street of the town is Rua Serpa Pinto. Here you will find best shops that are full of attractive clothes, jewelry and perfume. The street will take you to Praça da República Square, which is the location of another major attraction - the church of San Juan Baptista.
In the entertainment program will surely include the visit to the local synagogue, which is located on Rua Dr.Joaquim Jacinto Street. It was built in the beginning of the 15th century and this is one of the oldest synagogues in Portugal. Nowadays the synagogue was converted into a museum named after the great scientist Abraham Zacuto. Not far away from this sight is located another remarkable cultural institution, Museum of Matches. There are not so many unique collections of matches around the world. The collection of the museum contains approximately 43 000 matchboxes, which have been imported from many different countries. Tomar has prepared much interesting for tourists, who will find here a wide choice of entertainments and excursions. Each day of rest in this beautiful town will be a unique and interesting one. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
An interesting historical symbol is the monastery of the Order of Christ. Its construction began in 1160. Currently, a unique huge old monastery is a landmark of world importance and is numbered among the world heritage of UNESCO. Its outward appearance resembles an ancient fortress. It was actually built as a fortification for warrior monks. Only later the huge stone building was converted into a monastery.
The beautiful church of Sao Francisco is a bright architectural monument of the early 17th century. It was built by order of King Philip III. The facade of the church looks quite modest, but its interior design amazes with luxury. Gilding finishing elements, decorative painting, wonderfully carved columns, and arches have been preserved there.
The old church of Santa Maria do Olival built in the 13th century has really fine features. This church looks quite miniature in comparison with other religious monuments. Despite numerous renovations, many of its original features have been preserved. The most beautiful item is a magnificent rosette window located above the main entrance. The statue of the Virgin Mary is the main value of the church. The statue was transferred there during the Middle Ages.
The Nossa Señora da Conceisao chapel is located in the immediate vicinity of the city. It is an architectural monument of national importance. Although the chapel is quite small, 35 years have been spent on its construction and design. The primary function of the chapel was originally quite unusual. It served as a tomb for the Portuguese king João III, who led the country in the 16th century. Today, the building is considered a classic example of Italian style in architecture. The walls of the chapel are absolutely smooth inside. Its main decorations are elegant windows with floral patterns and painting on the ceiling.
An ancient aqueduct has been preserved in the vicinity of the city. It used to supply the monastery of the Order of Christ with fresh water. The construction of the bridge began in the 16th century and lasted almost a hundred years. It has 180 arches and a length of 6000 meters. The aqueduct is located in a picturesque natural area, which is ideal for hiking.

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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Tomar
♥   Castle 'Castle of Tomar' , 0.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Almourol' , 15.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Ourém' , 16.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Leiria' , 37.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Belver' , 40.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Tomar
♥   Nature Park 'Serras de Aire e Candeeiros' , 36.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nature Park 'Serra de São Mamede' , 99.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nature Park 'Serra da Estrela' , 106.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nature Park 'Tejo Internacional' , 108 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nature Park 'Sintra-Cascais' , 125.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo

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From the series “The Last City-Fortresses Survived to This Day”
The marvelous Casa da Música Theatre and the Igreja de Santiago Church, built in the second half of the 12th century, are the most outstanding landmarks in the city. In the middle of the 18th century the church was absolutely ruined after the earthquake. Nevertheless, it was rebuilt in the shortest time. Today there has placed the city concert hall. The ancient Portuguese city Obidos is popular not only among the admirers of walks but also among chocolate gourmands. There have placed the most known chocolate fabrics of the country. Every year there is held the Chocolate Festival. … Read further
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