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“Very good history lesson!”
Review of Convent of Christ

Convent of Christ
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$122.05*
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Coimbra and Tomar Day Trip from Lisbon
Ranked #1 of 28 things to do in Tomar
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed June 21, 2013

As you enter you immediatly know you gonna learn a lot, if you look around! Several diferent parts of portuguese history are a bit everywhere, and everything is very well preerved. Worth a visit, by yourself, or with family!

Thank António M
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

You can drive up to this convent which is set within the Tomar castle, or if fit, you can walk up from the main square (Praca do Republica). You can walk round the walls of the ruined castle and in the garden for free and then pay about €6 to go inside - or it is free on Sunday mornings.
We take all our visitors here and all have been very impressed. The views alone are worth the climb! The "cells" remind you of the Cadfael books and the church in the centre is beautiful with wall paintings, statues, etc. Even children enjoy climbing up the winding staircase to the roof!
There are toilets inside the convent and a small cafe. Please do not go in wearing short-shorts and low cut tops.

Thank BWPortugal
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

Definitely a combination of the most beautiful architecture, carvings and tile work in one unique building that we came across in Portugal. The convent is lovingly maintained and open to the public to roam and enjoy. It is a must see in Tomar.

Thank peppermintpatty07
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

This building is huge and complete. The architecture, carving and wall paintings are magnificent. It's well worth buying a guide book - I have read mine and all the leaflets so many times since we came home. There is just so much to see on all three levels and no-one is pushing you on or ropes stopping you from going round time and time again.

3  Thank Sue O
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

Great parking at the top of the hill for those who don't want a 15 minute hike. Everywhere you go within the castle walls or the Convento itself reveals another special view or treasure. The absolute pièce de resistance is the Charola... truly magnificent. A great time of year to visit and our visit was made all the more enjoyable by local schoolchildren in medieval costume re-enacting history lessons. It was delightful coming across them in various places as we discovered corridors, cloisters, chapels and cells. The much heralded Manueline window is heavy in ornamentation and encrusted with a yellow lichen but this is a very minor criticism. Information is well displayed in English as well as in Portuguese. Contrary to many other historical sites every detail of monastic life, including the basic lavatories, kitchen and wash rooms are clearly visible. We wondered as we left how Fountain's Abbey would be these days had it withstood the test of time in a similar way...

Thank Jim W
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