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Main Cloister

The Main Cloister is the major work of the Renaissance convent built by King John III, situated outside the castle walls and surrounding the nave that his father - King Manuel I - used to extend the Templar church.
It is a part of the set of four large cloisters in which the formal structure of the conventual spatiality is placed. The Main Cloister, adjacent to the conventual church, flanks the Southern façade of the Manueline nave. Its outline is diverse from the rest of the Castilian conventual architecture. Re-done in a Mannerist Italian Cinquecento style by Diogo de Torralva, after Castilho´s passing, this cloister receives its water from the conventual aqueduct - in a work by Fernandes Torres.