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 fortress was introduced in Portugal by the Knights Templar as a central tower with administrative and residential functions, and the example of Tomar is one of the oldest and best in the country. Within the castle’s outer walls are the remains of the residents’ dwellings, located within the boundaries of the protective city. The rounded towers of the outer walls were another novelty of its time, introduced in Portugal at the Templar Castle in Tomar. The Templar Castle in Tomar is a must see destination for any visitor to Portugal’s Ribatejo region and provides a fascinating insight into the history of the Knights of the Temple and the Age of Exploration when Portugal expanded its horizons and opened up 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 several 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 subway line.
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