omar Castle was built in 1160 by Gualdim Pais, Master of the Temple in Portugal. The round chapel was a fortress church dating from the building of the castle (XII century). The octagonal form was inspired by oriental architecture motifs found in Palestine. There are many architectonic styles in Christ Convent (inside the Castle): Roman, Gothic, Renaissance, etc.
he Templars were not persecuted in Portugal. They were allowed to change their name to Knights of Christ. Henry (the Navigator) was Master of this Order and Tomar was the headquarters.
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