Church of Santa Maria dos Olivais in Tomar, Portugal

Some people call this church Santa Maria dos Olivais, others Santa Maria do Olival. Not sure which one is the correct way. Notice the difference between “Olivais” and “Olival”. “Olival” means an olive tree plantation. “Olivais” means more than one olive tree plantation. On the other hand “Santa Maria” means Saint Mary. Anyway this place of worship in the City of Tomar in Portugal, is a Roman Catholic church built in the middle of the 12th century by Gualdim Pais, founder of Tomar and a Master of the Order of the Knights Templar. This church was used as a burial place and Gualdim Pais himself is buried there. In these photos you can see a magnificent rose window over the four archivolts portico. There is also a rumor that there is a secret passageway between this church and the Castle of Tomar, but there is no real proof of that.

Church of Santa Maria do Olival in the City of Tomar

Church of Santa Maria dos Olivais in the City of Tomar, Portugal. This is a Knights Templar church built in 1160 by Gualdim Pais, the founder of the town

 

Santa Maria dos Olivais, Knights Templar Church in tomar

Church of Santa Maria do Olival in Tomar. Notice the four archivolts portico, and on top of it there is a magnificent Rose Window with 12 petals

 

Rose Window of the Church of Santa Maria do Olival in tomar

Close up of the Rose Window at the Church of Santa Maria dos Olivais in Tomar, Portugal

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