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Mogadouro – a Templar stronghold in northern Portugal

A visit to the Templar castle in Mogadouro in north east Portugal

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How the Templars became the Order of Christ in Portugal

How the Knights Templar survived in Portugal by changing their name

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Templar quest in Portugal 2017 – Lisbon

I have just returned from a very Templar themed holiday in Portugal – in the next few blog posts, I’ll share my discoveries with you: Lisbon is the capital of modern day Portugal and a thriving, bustling city. But let’s…

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How the Second Crusade was diverted to Portugal

This is an astonishing story from the Middle Ages of how a vast crusader army on the way to the Holy Land was convinced to divert to Portugal and help a small Christian kingdom take a city called Al-Usbuna from…

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Spain and Portugal – battle ground between Islam and Christianity

Say the word “Crusades” to many people and they automatically think of the Holy Land, Syria and Egypt. The wars between Christian knights and Muslim warriors are seen entirely as a violent confrontation that took place only in the Middle…

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Medieval Barcelona – San Jordi and the dragon

Barcelona is today the most exciting city in Spain from a cultural and economic point of view – though I have always had a big soft spot for Madrid, the capital.   Not a view shared by many citizens of Barcelona…

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How Portugal nationalised the Knights Templar

Portugal didn’t crush the Knights Templar but instead turned them into a new organisation called the Order of Christ

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