Thursday, May 31, 2018

Meetings in Tomar - Portugal

Tomar has already hosted a few postcrossing meetings. The most recent was last April. I wasn't there but Rui remembered me and sent me the 1st of these cards also signed by Zé, Paula, Edite and Vitória.
My last time in Tomar was last year in October but in August 2010 I had already been there with Susana and it was then that I visited the Convent of Christ for the first time. I loved it the first time and I loved it even more the second time.

Fotografia: Oswaldo Santos
Built by the Knights Templar in 1160 along a volatile Muslim-Christian border, the Convento da Ordem de Cristo (Convent of the Order of Christ) in Tomar, Portugal, is a fantastically unique monastic fortress. Construction continued for nearly five centuries, turning the Templar stronghold into a gallery of Portuguese architectural styles.

In 1983, the Convent of Christ was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List on the basis that it "represents a significant artistic achievement" - especially for its Manueline decoration - and because it is "directly and tangibly associated with events or with ideas or beliefs of outstanding universal significance" - it came to symbolize the opening of Portugal to other civilizations. in: http://www.sacred-destinations.com/portugal/tomar-templar-convento-de-cristo

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