The day we rode the bus to Tomar was a feria day: a holiday. (I asked, it was something to do with celebrating communities. I guess.) Probably explains why the organizers had picked it for a big youth shindig in Fatima.
More relevant to us, however, was that the feria bus schedule to Tomar was only 2 departures. We left on the early one and got to Tomar around 9 in the morning. The sidewalks were still rolled up!
|Morning in Tomar. Templar castle on hill behind the square.|
|In July, they have a bread festival. Young women walk around with these 15 Kg. headdresses!|
|Baldachin of the Templars' church (honorary structure over altar)|
|Ceiling frescoes in the aisle around the altar of the Templars' church|
|View of baldachin with surrounding frescoes|
|The arrow loops are crosses.|
|An angel. St. Michael? This predates the Reni painting that has become the standard for St. Michael Archangel statues.|
|View of one of the staircases in the castle courtyard. The stairs are a spiral.|
|A building in Tomar. Pretty tiles!|
The day we spend in Tomar was hot, as they had been, but the weather broke that night. In the morning it was delightful and cool.