Templar Castle in Tomar was constructed by Gualdim Pais in the mid 12th Century on a strategic location high on a hill close to the Nabão River. A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Castle is a fine example of Templar architecture of great historic and cultural significance.
The complex consists of an outer defensive wall and a citadel with a keep inside and boasts several architectural points of note. The concept of a keep was introduced to Portugal by the Templar Knights as a central tower with administrative and residential functions, and the example at Tomar is one of the oldest and finest in the country. Within the outer walls of the castle lie the remains of the residents’ dwellings that were located within the protective city boundaries. The rounded towers of the outer walls were another novelty of their time, introduced to Portugal at the Templar Castle in Tomar. The
Templar Castle, Tomar is a must-see destination for any visitor to Portugal’s Ribatejo region and provides a fascinating insight into the history of the Temple Knights and the Age of Exploration, when Portugal expanded its horizons and opened itself to the discoveries of the New World.
Monday to Friday: 09:00 – 17:00
Weekends and Public Holidays: 09:00 – 18:00
How to Get There
The railway that connects Lisbon and Tomar is a slow regional service with Tomar as the final stop of the line. As the service is a regional line there are multiple stops along the route and the total journey takes just over 2 hours. Departure time from Lisbon is regular with trains departing from Santa Apolónia train station at 48 minutes past the hour between 5:48 and 22:48 Monday to Friday. The train service begins from Santa Apolónia and this is the station for visitors who are based in the downtown areas of Lisbon (Baixa and Alfama districts). The station is the final stop on the blue metro line.
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