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San Nicola Carcere – church built on three temples!

I was in Rome last month and discovered a Christian church built in the Middle Ages over not one – but THREE pagan temples! San Nicola Carcere is a medieval church at ground level but go into the crypt and…

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Pantheon in Rome – the great survivor!

I was in Rome last month and saw evidence of pagan temples converted into Christian churches – either being converted for new use or rebuilt using materials from the old temple. One of the most magnificent Roman buildings in Rome…

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Fourth Crusade – Venice destroys Constantinople

The Fourth Crusade saw the most appalling war crime when crusaders funded by Venice destroyed a Christian city – Constantinople. Venice is now an over-visited historical tourist resort in northern Italy subject to flooding and beset of late by the…

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Knights Templar links to the Cathar heresy

There were links between the Knights Templar and the Cathars or Albigensian heresy that might explain why the King of France crushed the Templars

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The medieval roots of Halloween

Pumpkins, trick or treat and witch costumes. We all know about modern Halloween – but how might a Templar knight have celebrated Halloween hundreds of years ago? Back in the early Middle Ages, the day we now call Halloween was…

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Bringing the bible to life medieval style

Every year in towns across Europe – scenes from the bible are re-enacted with colourful processions. In the Portuguese town of Viana do Castelo – August is when the passion of Christ is acted out. But the centre of attention…

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The Knights Templar today – who and where are they?

These are the organisations that claim to be the Knights Templar today

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The cult of Santa Muerte claims some victims

A growing number of people in Mexico are turning to the worship of Saint Death – a figure who appears to be a combination of Catholic imagery with pre-Columbian beliefs. This blending of religious beliefs is called ‘syncretism’ and is…

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Secrets of the Knights Templar revealed!

Secrets of the Knights Templar revealed on The Templar Knight blog such as how they wore their hair and eating habits

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Saints removed by the Catholic Church

In the 1960s, many saints were removed by the Catholic church because there was not enough evidence to prove they ever existed

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