Pictures of the Convento de Cristo (Convent of Christ)
Tomar - Portugal

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1 - An exoteric description of the same wall: part 1

(An exoteric description of the same wall follows. Taken from the internet)
A profuse and exuberant carved decoration frames this window with two columns on each side. This gives a very peculiar architecture to this window. However, it definitely serves the basis for a symbolic constructive language known nowadays as the ''Manueliene style'', a language that uses a poem written in stone to express the beliefs and hermetic knowledge that the navigators of the Order of Christ had about the mysteries of life, beings, Man and God, about the things of the earth, sky and sea.
From the inside of this hermetic window is the Templar's famous chapter house which represents a supreme example of the mysticism of this Spiritual Chivalry, illustrating the mission that the Order of Christ had taken upon itself in embarking upon the great enterprise of the maritime discoveries. Amidst the emblematic decoration of the whole wall, certain features stand out in particular as figurative themes: the tree, its trunk and roots; the frequent presence of certain plant species, such as the acanthus, artichoke,
cork-oak, rose-hips and even seaweed. Also quite remarkable in this astonishing work is the symbolism of the connections or vital functions expressed by grafts, ribbons, wickerwork laces, ropes and chains, fire and waves and also by fantastic or mythological creatures, such as the Chinese Dragon. Angels represent spiritual power, whilst kings represent temporal power, all being surmounted by the heraldic devices of the Order of the
Knights of Christ, as shown in the Cross of the Order, in the royal coat of arms and armillary sphere, the emblem that D. Manuel adopted for his own house when he became the lay master of the Order of Christ.
However, we can understand that this particular wall has been created purposely with a hermetic and mystical agenda; so what was described above on the previous paragraph is totally correct, but the explanation is a historical one; in addition the description did not try to put across the esoteric and hermetic message that the Templars aimed to transmit of their knowledge to future generations. Moreover, as we know hermetic teachings are
designed to be interpreted on many levels, since this knowledge has its source in Primordial Knowledge and to be initiated and grasp this Knowledge the seeker or adept must have opened up and developed a higher level of intuition. Further more, the symbols are just signposts, outer forms opening gateways to pure Energy and Vibration - it is indeed the Language of the Soul (The Language of Birds...). So these few pages have the intention to unveil a hermetic language easy to be understood by those who are pure in
heart... and are open to discover their own inner Wisdom...



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