Igreja de Santa Maria dos Olivais

Igreja de Santa Maria dos Olivais

Igreja de Santa Maria dos Olivais
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  • saul g
    Tel Aviv, Israel1,151 contributions
    interesting
    Located a 10 minutes walk from Old Town Tomar , across the Nabao river (on the Ponte Nova) ., and very close to the municipal market of Tomar . A simple , humble structure with a separate bell tower and some interesting tile works inside the church . The burial site of Gualdim Pais , one of the grand masters Nights Templars .
    Written November 16, 2021
  • GYWX
    Wexford, Ireland786 contributions
    Burial place of founder of Tomar
    Also known as Santa Maria do Olival. This is a functioning parish church, so has Mass on Sundays. The bell tower dates from Templar times and the church is the burial place of Dom Gualdim Pais, the founder of the town.
    Written July 27, 2022
  • Aristofane
    19,004 contributions
    Giusto complemento al Castello per una visita a Tomar
    La chiesa Santa Maria dos Olivais è spesso ignorata dai visitatori di Tomar, che per lo più si limitano al Castello / Convento di Cristo. Fermo restando che quest'ultimo complesso è di straordinaria bellezza e importanza, non sarebbe male considerare anche questa chiesa, altrettanto legata alla storia dei Templari (molti di essi trovavano sepoltura qui). L'edificio è in uno stile gotico molto semplice, e l'interno, cosa piuttosto rara in Portogallo, è quasi del tutto privo di decorazioni, il che accresce la suggestione dell'ambiente. Fra le caratteristiche più singolari, il pavimento della chiesa ribassato rispetto al piano stradale (per entrare bisogna scendere alcuni gradini, cosa alquanto insolita per una chiesa) e il campanile isolato rispetto al corpo centrale. Non va trascurato il fatto che la chiesa sorga quasi isolata in una zona della città quasi mai battuta dai turisti, a debita distanza dal Castello, ma anche relativamente appartata dal nucleo centrale (Praça da República e Rua Serpa Pinto), sull'altra riva del fiume Nabão; anche in questo senso può completare adeguatamente l'impressione di questa città piccola ma ricca di storia e di bellezze.
    Written November 30, 2022
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Lu A
Chicago, IL9 contributions
Oct 2011 • Friends
This church was built in the XII century under the leadership of D. Gualdim Pais, Master of the Order of the Knights Templar in Portugal. It was used as the Templar pantheon for the Knights of Tomar. After the Order was extinct throughout Europe, in Portugal, all its churches and castles reverted to newly created Knights of the Order of Christ, which succeeded the Templars in Portugal. D. Gualdim Pais is buried in this church.
Santa Maria do Olival, under the Order of Christ, became the See of all churches in the Portuguese Maritime empire.
When you visit, in the original parts of the church built under D. Gualdim Pais, pay attention to the use of the number 8. You walk into the church by going down 8 steps, 8 windows, 8 columns, etc...Have fun!
Written October 20, 2011
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Ongwendy
Singapore, Singapore13 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
A really special place. Many would note how simple it is compared to the Romanesque church in the castle but this place has a very special aura about it.
Written May 29, 2019
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Gakeitse
London, UK1,396 contributions
Oct 2018
Allegedly connected to the Knights Templar Castle/Convento do Cristo by a secret tunnel, we now walk above ground to see this beautiful church. And it’s well worth it. A number of Knights are reportedly buried here and symbols of the Order are evident throughout. A modern set of regular, wooden steps now overlay part of the older, irregular and steeper ones, thus making the steep entry less hazardous!
Written October 24, 2018
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ana s
Lisboa20 contributions
Jul 2018
place full of history and often underavaluated. you know that this church was the headquarter of all the churches abroad during our colonial period? It has a precious image with Mary holding Jesus and at the same time being hold by her mother, Ana? And the Templar Master, D. Gualdim Pais, is buried here. Why? also the church of the templars in Portugal..
Written July 9, 2018
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RenandIssey
Stamford, CT129 contributions
Jun 2018 • Family
Inside the church, we got an amazing tour from the woman working there who explained the history of the church, its possessions and pointed out everything that was original to the Templars. There is so much history inside that you need to visit and walk the church of the Templars
Written July 1, 2018
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Fernando P
Lagos, Portugal261 contributions
Nov 2017 • Friends
This church has a very long and troubled history, as troubled as was the history of the Order of the Templars. It's also the only church I know, so far, that had it's very own defensive tower! Plain as it is, it's still worth a visit
Written November 22, 2017
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Olympia B
33 contributions
May 2017 • Solo
The church is quite renovated on the inside, but if you are interested in the Templars of Tomar it is worth a visit, as this was their burial church. Interesting also for getting a sense of medieval Tomar, as its location marks the end of the town when the Templars were active.
Written June 18, 2017
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Lia S
Moscow, Moscow City, Russia68 contributions
Jul 2014 • Friends
small Church but full of the tombs of Knights of the Temple...it was interesting to read the names and dates, but you will hardly spend more than 15 min there
Written July 16, 2014
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Tony McMahon
London, UK305 contributions
Aug 2012 • Couples
Seek out this church - slightly out of the town centre but walkable. Closed for lunch I should warn you! Underneath the pews are the burial plots of all the Templar Grand Masters of Portugal after the legendary Gualdim Pais, founder of Tomar. You'll be hard pressed to find them though - after the Templars were supressed, their memory was eradicated.
Written August 23, 2012
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south6
Lafayette, LA199 contributions
Jun 2022
I only saw the outside, but it was great. It is easy to get to using the first bridge from the train station. There are a few stairs and it is a bit of a walk. It is worth it.
Written June 20, 2022
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