Holidays-to-Portugal. The Convent of Christ (Unesco World Heritage), Almourol & Constância

If you are on holidays in Portugal and if you would like to visit some of the Unesco World Heritage sites, one of the routes you might want to take is this one. Full of nature and regional points of interest. We start off to The Convent of Christ complex which is a historic and cultural monument which was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage in 1983. This monument, a 12th-centuryTemplar stronghold, was turned over to the Knights of the Order of Christ, that later supported Portugal’s maritime discoveries of the 15th century.  Before  entering the monument you can enjoy, the rectangular nave which is covered by abundant Manueline motifs, including gargoyles, gothic pinnacles, statues and “ropes” that resemble the ones used in the ships during the Age of Discovery. Inside the most Known Window of the so called Chapter House (Janela do Capítulo), a huge window visible from the Saint Barbara Cloister, which represents one of the masterworks of Manueline with symbols of the Order of Christ and Manuel I, and amazing and original elaborations of ropes, corals and vegetal motifs.

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After this spectacular visit you can carry on to Almourol, which lies right in the middle of Tagus River and in times was, together with the Castles of Zezere, Tomar, and Cardiga the defensive line of the area of Tagus River. Almourol offers its visitours a fantastic view for those who enjoy for walking or simply to relax and take a beer in the coffee nearby.

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To end this route you can visit Constância which is a little village where the poet Camões has lived part of his life. You must try some local sweets, namely, “queijinho do céu”, which is simply a heaven in the mouth.

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Are you already delighted with this route? Stay longer in Portugal in order to get to know its culture and contact us. You will love touring with us. Local tours, at your size and measure!


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