The presence of the Knights Templar was prolific in Portugal. Their headquarters in Tomar is a beautiful combination of Christian and Moorish influence.
When the Templars starting becoming wealthy, the Convent of Christ became more ornate.
Inside the ornate Templar's cathedral (Photo by Sona Schmidt-Harris)
The symbols of the Templars on the cathedral ceiling.
Fine craftsmanship of a staircase in the Convent of Christ (Photo by Sona Schmidt-Harris)
The Templars provided space to protect the citizens of Tomar when they were under threat. The space remains to this day.