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Medieval buildings bombed in World War Two

Many great medieval buildings were bombed in World War Two such as Coventry Cathedral and the Templar church in London as Tony McMahon discovers

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Murder of Thomas Becket at Christmas!

The murder of Thomas Becket was celebrated on the fifth day of Christmas to remember his killing in the year 1170 as Tony McMahon discovers

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My visit to Notre Dame before the fire

It still makes me feel sick. I got to visit Notre Dame cathedral twice in early 2019 just days before fire ripped through this medieval gem. Anybody who walked through that vast nave will know what a catastrophe this must…

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Sacred statues without hair and clothes

Catholic churches all over Europe are graced with sacred statues of Christ, the Virgin Mary and the many, many saints. But when these churches are closed or renovated, we see these statues in a whole new light. Shorn of their…

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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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The Knights Templar in Lincoln!

Lincoln is an ancient English city stretching back to the Celts and Romans. But it was in the Viking and medieval eras that Lincoln came into its own. And the connection with the Knights Templar was strong! Lincoln – a…

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Secret crypts of medieval Coventry Cathedral

The city of Coventry was bombed by the Luftwaffe in 1940 destroying its medieval cathedral but archaeologists are now exploring its secret crypts

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Santiago de Compostela – burial place of Saint James the Apostle

How on earth can a town in Spain claim to have the body of one of the apostles of Jesus Christ? But that’s exactly the assertion made by Santiago de Compostela. For over a thousand years, its cathedral has boasted…

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Did Templars build cathedrals?

Were the Templars masons? In other words, did they actually engage in the activity of cathedral and church building? Aside from their own distinctively round churches, were the knights instrumental in building great structures like Notre Dame in Paris? The…

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