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Templar sites for Oak Island fans in Portugal

For fans of the Oak Island mystery and its Templar connections, Portugal offers a fascinating opportunity to explore Templar sites and history. While there's no direct evidence linking Oak Island to the Templars, the Templars did have a significant presence in Portugal, and the country is home to several Templar-related sites worth visiting. Here are some Templar sites to explore in Portugal:

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Tomar (Convent of Christ): Tomar is perhaps the most iconic Templar site in Portugal. The Convent of Christ, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was originally a Templar stronghold known as the Castle of Tomar. It later became the headquarters of the Knights Templar in Portugal and was transformed into a grand convent. The architecture here is a stunning blend of Templar and Renaissance styles.

Santa Maria do Olival Church (Tomar): This church, located in Tomar, served as the burial place for many Templar knights. Its simple yet evocative design is a testament to the Templars' presence in the region.

Dornes is a picturesque and historic village located in central Portugal, built around a mysterious tower on a small peninsula on the banks of the Zêzere River. Dornes is often associated with the Knights Templar due to the intriguing design of its church and its historical significance. While the exact Templar connection remains a subject of debate, the village's Templar past adds to its mystique. This charming village is known for its unique setting, stunning natural surroundings, and rich history.  Nossa Senhora do Pranto Church: The highlight of Dornes is the Nossa Senhora do Pranto Church, also known as the Dornes Templar Tower or the Church of Saint Mary of the Lake. This church, built in the 12th century, has a distinctive pentagonal shape and is believed to have Templar origins. It's a fascinating architectural gem with a unique history, and it offers panoramic views from its tower.

Castle of Almourol: Located on a small island in the Tagus River, the Castle of Almourol is another Templar stronghold. Its remote and picturesque location adds to the mystique. While the connection to Oak Island is speculative, the castle's Templar history is undeniable.

Castle of Pombal: While not as famous as some other Templar sites, the Castle of Pombal was once controlled by the Templars and later the Order of Christ. It's an interesting site to explore and learn about the Templars' influence in the region.

Lisbon: Templar Presence: In Lisbon, you can visit the Church of Santa Maria Magdalena, which was built by the Templars. While not a major site, it's a reminder of their influence in Portugal's capital.

Convent of São Francisco (Santarém): The Convent of São Francisco in Santarém contains a unique chapter house with Templar symbols and carvings. It's a lesser-known site but worth exploring for its historical significance.

While there's no direct connection between Oak Island, NS, and these Templar sites in Portugal, they offer a deep dive into the history of the Templars and their presence in the country. Exploring these sites can provide insights into the broader Templar history and their influence in Portugal, which may intrigue fans of Oak Island's Templar theories.

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