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The Christ Convent of Tomar was built between the 12th and 18th centuries and is a complex of several historical buildings: castle, convent, church,...
The Military Order of Christ, previously the Order of the Knights of Our Lord Jesus Christ, is the former Knights Templar order as it was reconstituted in Portugal after the Templars were abolished on 22 March 1312 by the Pope Clement V.
The Order of Christ was founded in 1319, with the protection of the Portuguese king, Denis I, who refused to pursue and persecute the former knights.This portuguese king revived the Templars of Tomar as the Order of Christ, largely for their aid during the Christian Reconquest and in the reconstruction of Portugal. Denis negotiated with the pope Clement's successor, John XXII, for recognition of the new order and its right to inherit the Templar assets and property.

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