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Tomar, Coimbra, Aveiro (The Templars, University Center of the middle ages, Portuguese Venice)

Tomar, Coimbra, Aveiro (The Templars, University Center of the middle ages, Portuguese Venice)

Томар, Коимбра, Авейру
Томар, Коимбра, Авейру
Томар, Коимбра, Авейру

Tomar is the birthplace of the brave Templars, the mighty knights of the middle ages. The city’s history started in XII century, with the construction of the Templar castle as a protective fortress for the order. Further, due to the outbreak of the persecution, was founded a new order – the order of Christ, who inherited all the property of the Templars. The Templar castle is the main attraction in Tomar. Over time, the castle was rebuilt in the royal monastery Convento de Cristo. A powerful defensive wall was built around the monastery and gave him the appearance of an impregnable fortress. The Round Church is the oldest part of the castle. After visiting the castle, You will be able to learn about the life of the richest and most powerful of the knights of the middle ages.

Coimbra is a small, quiet town with a unique architectural heritage. The main attraction of Coimbra is one of the oldest universities in Europe. It was founded in 1290 in the building of the former Royal Palace. At different times on its benches were the known individuals such as Garcia de Orta, Marquis of Pombal, Ribeira Sanchez, Egas Moniz and many others. Today the University of Coimbra has not lost its prestige and importance, a large number of students receive here a variety of specialties. You will be able to visit the campus and to see the old audience, great auditorium, library of XVIII century, University chapel and even a medieval prison.

Then our tour will continue in Aveiro – the Portuguese Venice. One of the most beautiful cities of Portugal, famous for its canals flowing in the middle of the city, on which are gliding smoothly and brightly the painted boats with high curved stern – Moliceiro. Before, they were used for gathering the seaweed, and today they are used to walk along the canals. The great Museum of the city of Aveiro, is located a short distance from the Cathedral and keeps a huge collection of paintings, sculptures, a variety of exhibits about the Princess Joanna, daughter of the King Afonso V.