Originally designed as a monument symbolizing the Reconquest, the Convent of the Knights Templar of Tomar (transferred in 1344 to the Knights of the Order of Christ) came to symbolize just the opposite during the Manueline period – the opening up of Portugal to other civilizations.
Criteria for inclusion as a World Heritage Site
|i||To represent a masterpiece of human creative genius.||All|
|vi||To be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance. (The Committee considers that this criterion should preferably be used in conjunction with other criteria).||All|
|Coimbra en pt||67km||site_izi|
|Portugal dos Pequenitos||2010||66.4km||site_ao|
|Conimbriga Ruins and Museum||2013||55.4km||site_ao|
|Tomb of Inês de Castro||2013||48.6km||site_ao|
|The Medieval Castle Built for the Pope’s Secretive Knights Templar||2017||0.3km||site_ao|
|Europe’s Largest Collection of Matchbox Designs||2017||0.6km||site_ao|
|University of Coimbra – Alta and Sofia||2013||67.1km||site_whs|
|Monastery of Batalha||1983||35.6km||site_whs|
|Monastery of Alcobaça||1989||48.3km||site_whs|
About the source: UNESCO
Within UNESCO's broad remit, this specialised agency of the UN works towards international cooperation agreements to secure the world's cultural and natural heritage, designating venues of exceptional value as World Heritage Sites.