Templar Castles and Riverside Villages: Tomar and Almourol Castle
The Order of the Fighting Monks - Conquered by Christians in the First Crusade in 1098, Jerusalem was again surrounded by the Arabs in 1116. It was at that time that Hugues de Poiens, cousin of Saint Bernard and Godefroid de Saint-Omer, French nobles, swore in the church of the Holy Sepulcher (the temple of Christians) to live in perpetual poverty and defend the pilgrims who came to the Holy Land. The Order of the Poor Knights of Christ was born, renamed, in 1118, as Order of the Knights of the Temple - the Templars.
French King Philip IV owed money to the Order of the Templars. In 1307, bankrupt and fearing the influence of the Templars, he allied himself with Pope Clement V and began to persecute and arrest the Templars on false charges. In 1310, 54 Templars were burned alive in an auto-da-fe held in the public square in Paris.
The Military Order of the Temple was created in Jerusalem around 1118 to defend the holy places in Palestine. Assisted by the Knights Templar during the reconquest, Dom Afonso Henriques, the founder of Portugal, donated the lands of Tomar to them in 1160. D. Gualdim Pais, the first Portuguese Grand Master and Knight of the Order of the Templars, ordered the construction of the Castle. After founding the Convent, it became the headquarters of the Order of the Temple in Portugal.
Built on a small rocky island in the middle of the Tagus River, the Castle of Almourol is one of the most romantic and emblematic medieval monuments in Portugal for its meaning and the surrounding landscape.
This defensive post was conquered by the Romans during the early days of Roman occupation in the Iberian Peninsula. After the Romans came the Alans, the Visigoths and the Moors and occupied the castle. The name Almourol was inherited from the Moors. It was reconquered by the Christians in 1129 and donated to Gualdim Pais, Master of the Order of the Templars. Until 1311, the Castle of Almourol was in possession of the Templars, playing a vital role in the defensive line of the Tagus River.
Departure at 08:30 at Hotel/Accommodation in Lisbon
Visit the Castle of Tomar and the Convent of Christ
Cross the Tagus River
Visit the Castle of Almourol
Visit the Constancia Village
Return to Lisbon You will be able to choose a Drop-off location different from the Pick up one, provided it is in Lisbon.
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About your PICK UP and DROP OFF Time
As a rule, the start and end of the service are from 8h30 am to 5 pm. However, it is not a strict schedule and can be flexible depending on your needs.
About your PICK UP and DROP OFF Local
We can pick you up and drop you off at your Hotel, Apartment, Cruise Terminal, Airport, or at a location of your choice. Contact us!
Personal accompaniment during the whole day
WiFi on board
Pickup and drop-off at Hotel/Accommodation in Lisbon
Entrance ticket on the boat | Almourol Castle
Personal Accident Insurance
What's not included
Entrance tickets to the Castle and Convent of Christ
Any additional expenses not covered and agreed in advance
Estrela d'Alva Tours is not responsible for excess or oversized baggage, because of a lack of notice, if it can not be transported in the reserved vehicle
If it proves impossible in providing one or more services for reasons that are strange to Estrela d'Alva Tours, they will be replaced by equivalent services
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