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Sintra – location of a secret Templar well

In the wooded landscape of Sintra in Portugal is an alleged Templar well used for initiation ceremonies as Tony McMahon discovers

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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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Newark Castle – Knights Templar prison

Newark Castle saw many English Knights Templar imprisoned in its dungeons interrogated and tortured after the order was suppressed in 1307

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Mistaken statue of Saladin at Templar Kerak castle

At the Templar castle of Kerak in Jordan is a carved image that was once believed to be Saladin but actually is a thousand years older

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Ajlun Castle – fortress built by Saladin

Ajlun Castle – sometimes spelt Ajloun – was built by the nephew of Saladin to protect the route into Damascus from crusader invaders

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Al-Karak – crusader jewel in Jordan

The castle of Al-Karak in Jordan – الكرك – الأردن  – was visited by my good self in 2013. It is one of the great crusader forts still standing in the region. Unfortunately, three years after my visit, ISIS terrorists…

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Nimrod Fortress in the Holy Land

Driving through the Golan Heights in northern Israel I glimpsed a huge fortress up in the hills and asked my local guide what it was. He told me that it was a crusader castle named after the biblical character Nimrod….

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Where did a Templar go to the toilet?

Tony McMahon discovers how the Knights Templar more than likely went to the toilet during a visit to the castle at Acre in modern Israel

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Medieval video games – are they getting it right?

There’s some amazing medieval video games out there but do they reflect the real horror of medieval battles and sieges – Tony McMahon reports

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Knight roasted to death in his armour

Pity Sir Edmund Springhouse who was roasted in his own armour while fighting the French – a typical horror of medieval warfare

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