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Tomar hosts first ever Knights Templar Festival

by Carrie-Marie Bratley, in Regional · 09-05-2013 10:46:00 · 6 Comments

After recently being chosen as the World Headquarters of the The International Order of the Knights Templar (OSMTH) – the oldest Knights Templar organisation in the world – Tomar will be hosting its first ever Knights Templar Festival later this month, put together by a consortium of local public and private sector organisations from the region, including a number of ex-pats.

Tomar hosts first ever Knights Templar Festival

The Festa Templária will take place in the city of Tomar later this month, from 23-26 May.
It is the first festival of its kind to be organised in the Knights Templar city of Tomar and aims to re-create the history of the region.
The town will be decorated in medieval style and there will be a medieval market and a local town market, guided tours and workshops. Restaurants will be offering food from this period and many local traders and citizens will be dressing in medieval costume.
According to organisers the Festa Templária represents “another move towards branding Tomar as the most important Knights Templar city in Europe.”
The main event of the Festival will be a torch light parade on Saturday 25 May, starting at the ancient Knights Templar church of Santa Maria do Olival.
From there the parade will pass through the Historic Centre of Tomar and finish in the UNESCO World Heritage Convent of Christ.
The Convent of the Order of Christ is a religious Roman Catholic building in Tomar, originally a Templar stronghold built in the 12th century.
“The parade celebrates the day when Knights Templar Grand Master, Gualdim Pais, chose Tomar to build his castle. The castle that became the home and headquarters of the Knights Templar Order in Portugal”, the organisation explained.
An impersonator of Portuguese crusader Gualdim Pais will be at the head of the parade on a bedecked horse, followed by mounted knights. Behind them will be over 100 knights on foot carrying torches.
The event is being supported by a consortium of local public and private sector organisations in the Tomar region, spearheaded by the local Regional Development Agency ADIRN (Associacão Para O Desenvolvmento Integrado Do Ribatejo Norte).
Members from the ex-pat community around Tomar have also volunteered to help with the running of the event, helping make medieval torches for the grand parade and acting as stewards during the event.
For more information on the event, see: www.festa templaria.pt.
Readers interested in becoming a volunteer should contact Peter Moore on: peter.moore @templarknights.eu.


I am looking for a video of the parade. We were there on the night of the parade but no one had a video camera. It was great, by the way.
by DeeForrest from USA on 11-06-2014 05:00:00
Dear Mr. Peter Moore,
by chance I found this interesting article about the Templar-Festival in Tomar. I am a little bit surprised because of the comment of Mr. David Solomon. May I ask you, is the Leader of this festival a Mason Lodge or stands your Templar-Organisation under guidance of the legal OSMTH-Regent of Portugal?
Nikolai Wiese
by Nikolaus Wiese from Other on 15-06-2013 10:21:00
Dear Mr. Peter Moore,
The subject is very interesting to me and if you can send me more information about the Masonic Craft in Portugal then it will be appreciated.

On a different note, I know of a Portuguese friend who wants to become a Mason. He lives in Fundao and he does not know to where is the nearest Lodge to contact. Can you help on this please?.


David Solomon
by David Solomon from UK on 28-05-2013 12:50:00
O desfile desta noite, foi um enorme sucesso. Viva THOMAR!
by Miguel santos Jorge from Other on 26-05-2013 01:41:00
Adorei o artigo... Já estive em Tomar, Portugal e visitei o antigo castelo dos templários... Boa festa!
by Flavia from Other on 15-05-2013 10:31:00
In the Guardian last Saturday
Convento de Cristo, Tomar, Portugal. Photograph: Alamy
Winning tip: Tomar

The Convento de Cristo in Tomar is probably one of the most spectacular places in Portugal. Founded by the Knights Templar, it's a beautiful, mysterious and magical place, wonderful to discover and enjoy. Tomar is about two hours north-east of Lisbon, so an overnight stay would be even better.
• conventocristo.pt
by Joaquim Figueiredo from Other on 14-05-2013 07:05:00

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