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Welcome to Tomar (Thomar, in archaic portuguese).

Tomar is a charming and historically outstanding town on the banks of the Nabão River. It is dominated by a 12TH-CENTURY TEMPLAR CASTLE containing one of the country's most significant and impressive monuments, the CONVENT OF CHRIST (declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO).

The main shopping street, the pedestrian Rua Serpa Pinto, leads to the GOTHIC CHURCH OF SÃO JOÃO BAPTISTA, on Praça da República, the town's elegant main square surrounded by 17th-century buildings. The 15th century church has an elegant Manueline portal and inside are 16th century paintings, including a Last Supper by Gregório Lopes, one of the finest of the country's 16th century artists.

In the heart of town is a neat grid of streets, and on Rua Dr. Joaquim Jacinto is a well-preserved SYNAGOGUE, one of Portugal's oldest, built in 1430. It was last used as a place of worship in 1497, when King Manuel I expelled all Jews who refused to convert to Christianity.

Not too far is the 17TH-CENTURY CHURCH OF SÃO FRANCISCO with a MATCH MUSEUM in its former cloisters. It is an eccentric and interesting museum with the largest collection in Europe, displaying over 43,000 matchboxes from 104 countries.

On the east side of the river is a 13th-century church that was once the mother church for mariners in the Age of Discovery. The CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA DO OLIVAL has a Gothic façade and a distinctive three-story bell tower. Inside are the graves of Templar Masters and an elegant Renaissance pulpit.

On the hill leading up to the castle is the little Renaissance NOSSA SENHORA DA CONCEIÇÃO CHURCH, built in 1530 with a simple exterior but with elegantly carved Corinthian columns inside.

Across the old bridge is another small CHURCH, that of SANTA IRIA, the town's patron saint. She was a young nun who lived in Tomar in the 7th century, but was murdered and thrown into the river after a feud between two rival suitors, a nobleman and a monk. A legend says one of them gave her a potion to appear pregnant and the other killed her in a fit of rage. The church, built in the 16th century, has a coffered painted ceiling and 17th-century tiles.

The Order of the Knights Templar that helped the Portuguese fight the Moors in the 12th and 13th centuries were rewarded with extensive land and political power. King Dinis renamed it the Order of Christ and castles and churches were built to protect the Templars. One of those was the castle and convent of Tomar, one of Portugal's most brilliant architectural accomplishments that was built in 1162.

Visit the city of Thomar, you will not regret.


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Ilmer van Golde Ilmer van Golde moderator 10/10/2011
Diana MourãoDiana Mourão I live here 06/25/2013
HawktravelingHawktraveling I´m from Thomar and i want to share experiences 06/03/2013
João Cavalheiro MansoJoão Cavalheiro Manso 08/16/2012
Joao AfonsoJoao Afonso I recently started living in Tomar 11/12/2011
Nuno MarquesNuno Marques im from here 07/31/2011
Rui SilvaRui Silva 01/21/2013
Lou MartinsLou Martins GREW UP IN TOMAR 02/28/2013


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Ola ! :) from JapanJUN KIMURA-  06/21/2013
2 Lovely Russian Girls are visiting your amazing country from 31th of December 2011 till 7th of January 2012Sofia Gorman1  01/02/2013
HI! Someone can host me?Linda Graziano7  10/13/2011
Jantar de Natal CSPedro Borges5  10/12/2011
À procura dum sofá (dois CS, 4 setembro)Floriana Sciumbata5  08/30/2011
Whats happening in Thomar??Jacqueline Taylor2  01/20/2011
couch for 2 people for sunday 02/01Etienne Boutaine2  01/01/2011
Bom Dia, coming to TomarMarcel Baaijens1  09/10/2010
need bed in tomar!Dovile Adminaite3  04/25/2010
some info please....VSLK5  03/26/2010
Exposição de bijutaria em vidro - V. N. de Santo AndréDavid Pires-  11/15/2009
Companhia para jantar em TomarDavid Pires3  11/04/2009
1st CS Campus Portugal - Safety WorkshopCesar-  10/03/2009
1st CS Ourém/Fátima/Tomar MeetingJoao Pedro Lopes2  08/26/2009
pick nick no mochão dia 3 de agostoPedro Borges-  07/28/2009
Ola, TomarIvan Ilijasic1  04/23/2009
Estudo acadêmico/ Academic Study - Couchsurfing em PortugalAntónio Fernandes-  04/09/2009
Ola a todosJoao Pedro Lopes1  11/20/2008
Need a help.Sergio Matias-  11/17/2008