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'''Tomar''' is a city in [[Portugal]],in the centre of the country,in Medio Tejo subregion.
 
'''Tomar''' is a city in [[Portugal]],in the centre of the country,in Medio Tejo subregion.
[[File:Castelo dos Templários (Tomar).jpg|thumb|Templar Castle (Tomar)]]
 
==Understand==
 
The Templar Castle/Convent of Christ was seat of the Order of the Temple until 1314, and of the Order of Christ from 1357. Part of the castle (1160) is the late 12th century octagonal “Charola”, a Romanesque sanctuary of eastern influence. UNESCO classified this site as a World Heritage Monument in 1983. Tomar was founded in the late 12th century by Gualdim Pais, grand master of the Templars. Having his headquarters in Tomar, the Order of Christ the driving force of the overseas expansion, the city assumed a especial role in Portugal. The old town, churches and chapels, palaces and festivals, ilustrate its importance.
 
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
By train (via Entroncamento), by bus or car.  
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By train(via Entroncamento), by bus or car. <br>
 
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Lisbon: There is hourly direct train to/from Lisbon (Santa Apolonia/Oriente), ap. 2 h, 8.40 €.<br>
===By train===
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Porto: Several per day, ap. 3.5 h, 19 €, need to change in Entrocamento or Lamarosa/Coimbra B.<br>
 
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There are two bus compaines that connect Tomar. Rede Expressos and Rodo Tejo.
[[File:Tomar - Train Station.JPG|thumb|Tomar - Train Station]]
 
Tomar’s railway station is conveniently located a few steps from the historic city centre and is served by regular trains from Lisbon Santa Apolonia and Lisbon Oriente.
 
 
 
Lisbon: There are several direct trains to/from Lisbon (Santa Apolonia/Oriente), (ap. 2 h), 10.90 €.<br>
 
Porto: Several per day, (ap. 3.5 h), 19 €, need to change in Entrocamento or Lamarosa/Coimbra B.
 
 
 
===By bus===
 
If you are wondering how to get to Tomar by bus, this is an easy and cost-effective option. Portugal has an excellent network of long distance express buses with connections from all over the country.
 
 
 
There are two bus compaines that connect Tomar: Rede Expressos [http://www.rede-expressos.pt/] and Rodoviária do Tejo[http://www.rodotejo.pt/].<br>
 
Lisbon: There are several busses from Lisbon (Sete Rios), (ap. 2 h.), 8€
 
 
 
===By car===
 
Tomar is located just about 1.5 hour from Lisbon by car. Coming from North or South, the most direct route is with A1. At km94, you have the exit to the A23, follow the road until you see the indication take the IC3. 5-10 minutes later you will see a sign indicating the exit to take the N110. Follow around and within a few minutes you reach your destination.
 
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
[[File:Little Bus.JPG|thumb|Little City Bus]]
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Walking;it is a small city.  
'''Walking''' it is a small city.
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==See==
There is also citybus, 3 lines, 0.85 €/ticket valid for 1.5 h.<br>
 
'''Touristic city bus''' a little city bus makes the tour, passing by the main touristic points of the city. (departure from Praça da Republica) (2.5 € adult; 1.5 € children)<br>
 
'''Tuk tuk''' - personalized tours, each tuk tuk can carry up to 3 people, always with a driver, from 8€ a trip. (meeting point: Praça da Republica)
 
  
==See==
 
 
Tomar is a small city but holds an important ancient past and some of the most important monuments in Portugal.
 
Tomar is a small city but holds an important ancient past and some of the most important monuments in Portugal.
[[Image:Tomar - Convento de Cristo.jpg|thumb| Convento de Cristo (Convent of Christ]]
 
*'''Convento de Cristo and Castelo de Tomar''' [http://www.conventocristo.pt/], Entrance 6 € (children: free; 50% students and seniors) till 5 pm. / 6 pm. on summer - UNESCO World Heritage Sight, built in 12th century. After the Order of the Knights Templar was dissolved in the 14th century, the Portuguese branch of the order was turned into the Knights of the Order of Christ, which supported Portugal's maritime discoveries of the 15th century. The Templar Castle/Convent of Christ was seat of the Order of the Temple until 1314, and of the Order of Christ from 1357. Part of the castle (1160) is the late 12th century octagonal “Charola”, a Romanesque sanctuary of eastern influence. UNESCO classified this site as a World Heritage Monument in 1983. The initial building of the Convent is owed to Infante D. Henrique (1418) who, as well as building his court here, also built the washing and the cemetery cloisters. In the 1500’s another seven were added. Portuguese architecture is extremely well documented here: the Templar church/ rotunda in the castle is Romanesque; the Gothic is seen in the cloisters from the time of Infante D. Henrique; at the start of the 16th century, all the exuberance of the Manueline style is on show in the Chapter window; the Renaissance is seen in the alargement of the convent from D. João III until the 18th century; Mannerism and the Baroque leave their mark on the Hostel Cloister, the main one and on many ornaments. The intervention of D. João V can be seen in the pulpit, the altar, the chancel and the main sacristy.
 
[[Image:Festa dos tabuleiros (Tomar, Portugal) - Cortejo dos Tabuleiros.JPG|thumb|right| Cortejo dos Tabuleiros (Tray's Parade)]]
 
  
 
===Landmarks===
 
===Landmarks===
  
[[Image:Tomar - Igreja de Santa Maria do Olival.jpg|thumb| Church of Santa Maria do Olival]]
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*'''Convento de Cristo and Castelo de Tomar''',a UNESCO World Heritage Sight, built in 12th century. After the Order of the Knights Templar was dissolved in the 14th century, the Portuguese branch of the order was turned into the Knights of the Order of Christ, which supported Portugal's maritime discoveries of the 15th century. Entrance 6 €, free on Sundays till 2pm.
 
*'''Church of Santa Maria do Olival''', it was built in the second half of the 12th century by the provincial master of the Order of the Knights Templar in Portugal, Gualdim Pais.
 
*'''Church of Santa Maria do Olival''', it was built in the second half of the 12th century by the provincial master of the Order of the Knights Templar in Portugal, Gualdim Pais.
[[Image:Tomar - Igreja de São João Baptista and Praça da República.JPG|thumb| Church of S. João Baptista, Praça da República]]
 
 
*'''Church of São João Baptista and Republica Square''', this church was built in the end of the 15th century, marked as National Monument in 1910 and is in Republica Square where is Gualdim Pais statue.
 
*'''Church of São João Baptista and Republica Square''', this church was built in the end of the 15th century, marked as National Monument in 1910 and is in Republica Square where is Gualdim Pais statue.
[[Image:Tomar - Aqueduto dos Pegões.jpg|thumb| Aqueduct of Pegões]]
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*'''Aqueduct of Pegões''', it was built to deliever water to Convento de Cristo and has 6 km of extension. The construction started in 1593 and finished in 1614. The highest point of this aqueduct is 30 m above ground level. Take the small "train tour bus" in city center that takes you to the highest point.
*'''Aqueduct of Pegões''', (Quinta dos Pegões), it was built to deliever water to Convento de Cristo and has 6 km of extension. The construction started in 1593 and finished in 1614. The highest point of this aqueduct is 30 m above ground level. Take the small "train tour bus" in city center that takes you to the highest point. The easiest way to go to aqueduct is to follow the local road to Leiria.
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*'''Synagogue of Tomar''', is the best preserved of the medieval synagogues of Portugal. It is located in the historic centre of the city of Tomar, and houses a small Jewish Museum.
[[Image:Tomar - Synagogue.JPG|thumb| Synagogue]]
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*'''Museom of Matches''' (Museo dos Fosforos), Av. Gen. Bernardo Faia, near raliway station. Suprisingly nice exebition of matches's boxes all over the world. Open daily 2pm-5pm, free entrance.
*'''Synagogue of Tomar''' Rua Dr. Joaquim Jacinto, 73 (open tuesday to sunday; free entrance) is the best preserved of the medieval synagogues of Portugal. It is located in the historic centre of the city of Tomar, and houses a small Jewish Museum.
 
 
 
[[Image:Tomar - Levada (Weir).JPG|thumb|Levada - Complex for temporary exhibitions.]]
 
*'''"Levada (Weir)"''', Rua Everardo. During the 12th century the Templars build the "Açude dos Frades" (friars' weir), diverting part of the Nabão river - the so called "Levada". Water flowed under the olive oil presses and mills, through narrow tunnels. Those mills and presses were expanded and adapted throughout the centuries according the needs. The structure of the weir and channel, the buildings housing the former mills and olive oil presses and an electricity generating plant (dating from the beginning of the 20th century), organize now a days the re-qualified and rehabilitated site. The complex is destined to house temporary exhibitions and shows.
 
[[Image:Tomar - Casa dos Cubos (House of Cubes).JPG|thumb|House of Cubes]]
 
*'''"Casa dos Cubos" (house of Cubes)''' - Praceta Alves Redol - Originally designed as a storage and counting house of agricultural products to pay due rents to the religious orders, its name comes from the old capacity measures (bushel and almude) at the time commonly referred as "cubes". After its rehabilitation in 2007, it is now a days a cultural space of the city of Tomar. The uniqueness of its interior architecture makes this space a "must" to visit.
 
 
 
*'''Nossa Senhora da Graça Church (Misericórdia)''' Av. Dr. Cândido Madureira - This church also known as Misericórdia, is a mannerist construction built in the second half of the 16th century. Of special interest si the niche which completes the elegant 16th century portico and the 16th century panel showing the Eucharistic miracle of Saint Anthony.
 
*'''São Francisco Church and Convent'''Av. General Bernardo Faria - The São Francisco Convent in a mannerist building set around two cloisters. On the inside of the church, where a single nave is covered at great height by a barrel vault, are the sculptures of an extremely rare Calvary and the four pictorial representations of the life of the Virgin.
 
 
 
*'''Santa Iria Chapel''' Rua Marquês de Pombal - The church of the legendary patron saint of Tomar has a remarkable stone Calvary and, in the panelled main chapel there is an elaborate decoration allusive to the symbols of the Holy Spirit.
 
*'''São Gregório Chapel''' Largo Cândido dos Reis - A 16th century building with a circular design. Worthy of note is the rectangular manueline portal, which is soberly decorated and protected by a porch that goes round three sides of the chapel. The 18th century tile panels originally came from the Convento das Trinas in Lisbon.
 
*'''Nossa Senhora da Conceição Chapel''' Estrada Dr. Vieira Guimarães - A small basilican church with three naves, built as a funeral chapel for D. João III, the king who ordered that it be built in 1547.
 
*'''Nossa Senhora da Piedade Chapel''' Estrada Nova das Atalaias - On top of a hill you can find this Chapel; it was built in the 14th century and restored and modified in 1613. The blue and white chequered tiles are 17th century, and the terrace and steps mid 19th century.
 
 
 
===Museums===
 
*'''Municipal Museum - Contemporary Art Centre''' Rua Gil de Avô; free entrance; opened from Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-pm, 2pm-6pm - The Contemporary Art Center was created in 2004 by donation of Professor José-Augusto França. The collection of paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs covers a chronological arc extending from 1932 to the present. Modernism, Surrealism, Abstractionism, are present on works by portuguese artists.
 
[[Image:Tomar - Museu dos Fósforos.jpg|thumb| Museum of Matches]]
 
*'''Museum of Matches''' (Museu dos Fósforos), Av. Gen. Bernardo Faia, near railway station. Surprisingly nice exhibition of match boxes from all over the world. Open daily 2pm-5pm, free entrance.
 
*'''The Luso-Hebrew Abraão Zacuto Museum (Synagogue)''' Rua Dr. Joaquim Jacinto, 73 (open tuesday to sunday; free entrance) This colletion in the Synagogue consists of gravestones, objects connected with Jewish Culture and religious items. Excavations carried out in the connecting room  uncovered coins, household pottery and the heating system for heating water for the ritual "Mikva" bath.
 
 
 
  
 
===Festivals===
 
===Festivals===
*'''Festa dos Tabuleiros''' [http://tabuleiros.org/], is a festival organized every 4 years during summer (beginning of July) Last one was in 2015. It an old tradition and in every event, Tomar becomes completely crowded and visitors can enjoy original decoration of streets, music concerts, traditional gastronomy and of course the main part of festival the trays parade. The main event consists of a parade of girls, carrying their trays on their head, accompained by a man. The tray she carries is made of 30 stacked pieces of bread, decorated with flowers. At the top of the tabuleiro is a crown topped either with a white dove, symbolising the Holy Spirit, or the "esfera armilar" a symbol of the historical Portuguese maritime expansion. During the time of the festivities, streets are decorated by the locals with hand made paper flowers. The first main event of "Festa dos tabuleiros" is the "Cortejo dos Rapazes" a procession of young girls carrying their "tabuleiro" on his head; similar to the main adult parade. The last event of "Festa dos tabuleiros" is the "Entrega do bodo" (delivery of the food), where food is being distributed to the most needy.
 
[[File:Festa Templaria (Templar Festival).jpg|thumb|Medieval Parade at Festa Templária]]
 
*'''Festa Templária''' (Templar Festival) (last weekend of may) - Recriation of medieval events: market (where you can buy local products), popular games, shows of sword fight, medieval music, medieval parade.
 
*'''Festa de Santa Iria''' (Religious Festival) - In honor of the patron of the City (Santa Iria) runs from the Friday preceding the 20th of October until the Sunday following the same date, when the procession takes place - the highlight of the celebrations.
 
*'''Nossa Senhora da Piedade''' (Religious Festival) - Held on first Sunday in September
 
*'''Congress of Soups of Tomar''' - Second saturday of May. Held on Parque do Mouchão, you can eat as many soups as you wish for 5€, from 12am to 3pm. Typical soups like Fish soup, Bean soup, Suckling pig soup are some of the more then 40 varieties presented.
 
*'''Festival Bons Sons''' (Cem Soldos) - One of the most popular Portuguese Music Festivals (annual from 2015 on), takes place the second weekend of august. During the Festival, the streets of the small village - Cem Soldos (about 5 km from Tomar) - will be closed to the festival; walking through the village streets you may find shops and works of new craftsmen, traditional and contemporary objects; stopping in its taverns and cafes or seeking the shade of the eaves, you may notice that locals receive visitors in an authentic community organization. Until now (2015) only portuguese artists and groups.
 
*'''Tomarimbando''' - Festival de Percussão de Tomar (International Percussion Festival) - Takes place at end of July, includes workshops, and competition. Percussion instruments for 2016 edition: marimba, snare drum and vibraphone.
 
*'''Feira da Laranja Conventual''' Orange Fair - Takes place on mid march at the Convento de Cristo. Oranges and all kind of products made with this fruit (jam, marmalade, pastry, sweets, liquor).
 
*'''Mostra da Lampreia''' (Lamprey's show) - At the end of february and for about 2 weeks, most of the restaurants present in their menu typical dishes with lamprey (mainly the famous rice with lamprey).
 
*'''Feira do Mel, Vinho e Marmelada''' Honey, Wine and Marmalade Fair (second weekend on november)
 
  
==Do==
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*'''Festa dos Tabuleiros''', is a festival organized every 4 years during summer (beginning of July) Last/next one is in 2011. It an old tradition and in every event, Tomar becomes completely crowed and visitants can enjoy original decoration of streets, music concerts, traditional gastronomy and of course the main part of festival the trays parade.
[[File:Mouchão (Park).JPG|thumb|Mouchão (Park)]]
 
*'''Mouchão''' (park) - Stroll along the Nabão river from the Old Bridge (ponte velha) to the pleasant park on the isle - Mouchão. You'll pass by the water whell - one of the ex-libris of the city.
 
*'''Várzea Pequena''' (park, close Hotel dos Templários) - Another nice park.
 
 
 
==Buy==
 
*'''Feira de Artes, Colecionismo e Velharias (Flea Market)''' - every second sunday of the month from 10 am to 7 pm, at Alameda Um de Março
 
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
*'''Cervejaria do Fernando''' - R. Silva Magalhães 47 - serves typical portuguese meals from lunchtime till midnight ~10 €. Open: Tu-Su: 10am-1am, closed on Mondays.
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*'''Cervejaria do Fernando''' - serves typical portuguese meals from lunchtime till midnight ~6 €. Open: Tu-Su: 10am-1am, closed on Mondays.
 
 
* <eat name="Restaurante Baía (são João Batista)" alt=" address="Rua Doutor Joaquim Jacinto 118, 2300 Tomar, Portugal" phone="249 315 956" email="" fax="" url="" hours="Open for lunch and from 17h00 to midnight" price="Inexpensive, big pan of arroz de peixe 22 euros for 2 persons">Portuguese food mainly meat and fish, vegetarian soup and salads.</eat>
 
 
 
*'''Casa das Ratas''' - R Dr Joaquim Jacinto 6 - serves typical portuguese meals  (price of meal/person 8-15€)
 
 
 
*'''A Tasquinha da Mitas''' - Rua Alexandre Herculano N.1 - portuguese and international food (12-20 €)
 
 
 
*'''Infante''' - Av. Cåndido Madureira, 106 - typical food (15-25 €)
 
 
 
*'''Restaurante Nabão''' - Fonte do Choupo 3 - portuguese and international cuisine (12-20 €)
 
 
 
*'''Restaurante Bela Vista''' - Fonte do Choupo 6 - international and portuguese meals  (15-25 €)
 
 
 
*'''Restaurante O Tó''' - R. Silva Magalhães 31 - local and international meals, breakfast, snacks, wine, bear (meals: 10-25 €)
 
 
 
*'''Marisqueira de Tomar "Sereia do Nabão"''' - Av. Norton de Matos 9 - beerhouse and seafood restaurant (10-20 €)
 
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
*'''Cafe Paraiso''' situated in the main street, the oldest bar in the city.<br>
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*'''Cafe Paraiso''' situated in the main street, the oldest bar in the city.
*'''A Rosa - Café dos Artistas''' Praça da Republica n. 38 - good atmosphere, evenings on summer there are concerts (jazz, fado, etc.)
 
[[File:Cubos Café.JPG|thumb|Cubos Café]]
 
*'''Cubos Café''' [https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cubos-caf%C3%A9/524831087541383] Praceta Alves Redol, tel.: 249 312 097 - nice café with a pleasant esplanade, in the same building as Casa dos Cubos, close to the river. Espresso (65 cent.), beer (from 1€), fresh drinks, wine, sandwiches, pastries.
 
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
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Budget <br>
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*'''Residencal União''',  Rua Serpa Pinto Nº 94 tel. 249 323 161. Single room: 20-28 €, double: 30-45 €, triple: 45-50 €, breakfast included. No credit cards accepted.
  
===Budget===
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*'''Residencal Luz''', Rua Serpa Pinto Nº 144. tel. 249 312 317. Single: 17-20 €, Double: 22.5-32.5 €.
*'''Residencal União''',  Rua Serpa Pinto Nº 94 tel. 249 323 161. Single room: 20-28 €, double: 30-45 €, triple: 45-50 €, breakfast included.
 
 
 
*'''Residencal Luz''' [http://http://www.residencialluz.com/], Rua Serpa Pinto Nº 144. tel. 249 312 317. Single: 17-20 €, Double: 22.5-32.5 €.
 
 
 
*'''Residencial Cavaleiros de Cristo'''*** [http://cavaleirosdecristo.pt‎/], Rua Alexandre Herculano Nº 7,  tel. 249 321 203, 249 321 067. Single: 30 €, double: 50 €, 4 beds room 80 €.
 
*<sleep name="Hostel 2300 Thomar " alt="" address="Rua Serpa Pinto, 43" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="9.00 am - 23.00 pm" checkout="12:00 noon" price="€18-20 pp" lat="" long="">Nice hostel in the centre with themed rooms.</sleep>
 
  
===Mid-range===
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*'''Residencial Cavaleiros de Cristo'''***, Rua Alexandre Herculano Nº 7, tel. 249 321 203 / 249 321 067. Single: 30 €, double: 50 €, 4 beeds room 80 €.
*'''Estalagem de Santa Iria''' [http://estalagemsantairia.com‎/], Mouchão Parque, tel. 249 313 326. Single: 40-65 €, Double: 60-85 €, breakfast included.
 
  
===Splurge===
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Midrange <br>
*'''Hotel dos Templarios'''**** [http://hoteldostemplarios.pt‎/], Largo Candido dos Reis 1, tel. 249 310 100.
 
  
===Camping===
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*'''Estalagem de santa Iria''', Mouchão Parque, tel. 249 313 326 Single: 40-65 €, Double: 60-85 €, breakfast included.
* '''Parque de Campismo de Tomar''', (39°36'25.4"N 8°24'38.1"W), (close to Estádio)
 
  
==Stay safe==
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Top <br>
Tomar is an extremely safe city.
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*'''Hotel dos Templarios'''****, Largo Candido dos Reis 1, tel.249 310 100.
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
* [[Fátima]] – the worldwide famous city of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary. Visit the great Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima.
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Ferreira do Zezere(countryside/lagoon{albufeiras}along the river Zezere;
* Ferreira do Zêzere (countryside/lagoon) along the river Zêzere;<br>
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Almourol,a casttle on an isle,in the Tagus(Tejo)river;
* Almourol a Templary castle on an isle, in the Tagus (Tejo) river;<br>
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Abrantes,Torres Novas,Ourem,Fatima,cities nearby.
* [[Abrantes]], [[Torres Novas]], [[Ourém]], cities nearby.<br>
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Leiria,Pombal,Santarem.
* [[Batalha]], [[Leiria]], [[Alcobaça]], [[Pombal]], [[Santarém (Portugal)|Santarém]].<br>
 
 
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