Where did a Templar go to the toilet?

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When most Templar fans go to the city of Acre – they marvel at the Templar secret tunnels or the remains of the Hospitaller castle. But what really captured my attention (for a few moments) was the medieval toilet facilities. And the photograph I took was later featured in World Archaeology magazine!

I visited many castles as a child and saw the primitive and crude evacuation slides used as toilets. Essentially, you sat above a hole and expelled your waste into the moat below.

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But at Acre, the toilets more closely resembled the sort of communal WCs favoured by the Romans. It was quite a well laid out, presumably plumbed latrine. And so I pointed my camera at it and took a snap. Luckily no crusaders were present to object!

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