Friday, May 2, 2014

Knights Templar Fact Twenty One

Tomar, Portugal was founded in 1162 under the orders of Dom Gualdim Pais. Pais was the fourth Grand Master of Portugal who had fought in the crusades along side Alfonso Henriques who became the first king of Portugal when they gained their independence. The castle of Tomas was built in 1160 and the Convent of the Order of Christ was constructed within the next few decades as an extension of the castle. It was one of the famous round churches the Templars were known for. Nearby the Church of Santa Maria do Olival was also constructed and that became the burial place of Pais and all the Grand Masters of Portugal that followed him.

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