Photographer's Note

Tomar is famous mainly for its fantastic Templar Castle. However I wasn’t going to visit it until I have seen in the DK guidebook (lonely planet and plenty of other guides show just artistic images which have no informative value at all) a photo similar to this presented here. When I saw this square I knew I have to visit this town.
It is a very good example of the interesting pavement, the issue which I have mentioned before. Pavements in Portugal, especially on important town squares, have always unique pattern which makes it really attractive and different. I have never seen such a variety of pavement patterns before.

Tomar 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.

Church of Saint John the Baptist (São João Baptista): The main church of Tomar is located in the main square of the town, in front of the Municipality (17th century) and a modern statue of Gualdim Pais. The church was built between the 15th and 16th centuries and has many interesting artistic details, like the flamboyant Gothic portal, the Manueline tower with a 16th century clock, the decorated capitals of the inner columns of the nave and several panels painted in the 1530s by one of Portugal's best Renaissance artists, Gregório Lopes.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4000 W: 91 N: 10402] (42891)
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