Friday, April 23, 2010

Tomar, Portugal, Knights Templar

Tomar - Portugal

Diversos aspectos
Plusieurs aspects
Several aspects

(on the right is the Templar church (12th century) It is the main monument of the city and one of the most important in Portugal. Declared a Unesco World Heritage Site)

postmarked in 2010 with a machine stamp from Portugal

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Tomar also known in English as Thomar, is a city with a total population of 43,007 inhabitants.

It was founded as headquarters of the Knights Templar in Portugal in the 12th century and contains some of the most significant Templar monuments in Europe. Tomar was especially important in the 15th century when it was a centre of Portuguese overseas expansion under Henry the Navigator, the Grand Master of the Order of Christ, successor organization to the Templars in Portugal.

Myths of Tomar:

It is rumored that there is a secret passageway between the Santa Maria dos Olivais church and the Castle. It is also rumoured that a theatre called ParaĆ­so is haunted, or that there is an old man living in its attic.
The Castle of Almourol nearby is where several bad events (deaths and tragic love stories) have taken place and is supposed to be haunted by a princess.

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