FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1 What is the Convent of Christ?
2 What are the opening hours?
3 How much does it cost to get in?
4 How do I book guided or oriented tours and visits?
5 Are there any specific programmes for children and families?
6 What is there to see at the Convent of Christ?
7 How can I get information on renting spaces for events?
8 What facilities are there for the disabled?
9 Is there a Friends of the Convent of Christ group? How can I become a member?
10 How can I, or my company, support the Convent of Christ?
1 The Convent of Christ is a complex of monuments that includes built and environmental heritage. Its vocation is to disseminate the history and culture of the Portuguese people and dynamise the spirit of a place that retains its mythical and magical character.
Our mission is to help people understand and appreciate this original and unique monument that was classified a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1983.
2 Every day - Summer opening hours: 1 June to 30 September, 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. (last admission at 6:00 p.m.). Winter opening hours: 1 October to 31 March, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (last admission at 5:00 p.m.). Closed on the following holidays: 1 January, Easter Sunday, 1 May and 25 December. Opening hours, particularly for night-time events, can be altered by means of advance booking.
3 Adults: 6 euros; senior citizens over the age 65: 3 euros.
There are also discounts available for children, families and groups of more than 100 persons.
4 Contact the Educational and Didactic Department, preferably by e-mail (email@example.com) or by phone, +351 249 313481. Guided or oriented tours must be booked in advance and a subject to schedule availability. Oriented tours are based on support texts and do not have a guide; guided tours are led by a supervisor/receptionist at the monument or by guides from partnered cultural associations. Tourist guides accredited to operate in Portugal may also be contacted.
5 Yes. Every last Sunday of each month we have the "Pais ao Convento" (Parents to the Convent) activity.
The didactic activity even "Frei Expedito e as maravilhas do Convento" (Friar Expeditious and the Wonders of the Convent) can also be booked.
There is also a website providing support to primary school children: www.ttt.ipt.pt
6 Visitors can opt for a free course that provides access to all the most important parts of the monument and takes on average one hour. Also available are themed tours relating to the history of the Knights Templar, the Order of Christ and the Work of the Most Important Architects, Artists and Craftsmen at the Convent, which, depending on the programme agreed upon and booked in advance, vary in duration in accordance with the amount of time the visitor has and the complexity of the chosen tour.
7 Please contact the Convent of Christ management by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone +351 249 315 089 / 010.
8 Given the architectural complexity of the monument, facilitating access for all persons with disabilities is no easy task. However, there are a number of movable ramps that allow persons in wheelchairs to visit the whole ground floor area, when entering via the north façade. There is also a lift that can be requested to take people from the ground to the upper level. For the visually impaired there are two multimedia posts that provide a virtual tour of some parts of the monument with audio texts.
9 Yes. Please write to: Grupo de Amigos do Convento de Cristo, Convento de Cristo, Igreja do Castelo Templário, 2300-000 TOMAR.
10 Pursuant to the legislation on sponsorship, IGESPAR, the state institute responsible for the Convent of Christ, can receive support from sponsors. Private entities or companies can choose which specific element they wish to provide sponsorship support for. The Charola in the Convent of Christ is an example of this in practice, with the CIMPOR company acting as exclusive sponsor of this mythical space. It is also possible for individual persons or enterprises to support activities that the monument organises institutionally or logistically.