The Tomar Convent (Portugal) was originally a 12th-century Templar stronghold, when the order was dissolved in the 14th century the Portuguese branch was turned into the Knights of the Order of Christ.
One of the most fascinating spots of the whole complex is The Romanesque round church, that has a central, octagonal structure, connected by arches to a surrounding gallery.
The ecstasy and amazement of being here are well represented by the boy I left in the image, above all to give an idea of the size.
The interior of the round church is magnificently decorated with late gothic/Manueline sculpture and paintings, added during a renovation sponsored by King Manuel I starting in 1499. The pillars of the central octagon and the walls of the ambulatory have polychrome statues of saints and angels under exuberant Gothic canopies, while the walls and ceilings of the ambulatory are painted with Gothic patterns and panels depicting the life of Christ
November 15th, 2020
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