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The spooky crypt in a Portuguese Franciscan church

Igreja de São Francisco – or the church of Saint Francis in English – is  a fascinating place. In the first quarter of the 13th century, Franciscans started to build a church and cloister. Over the next two hundred years,…

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Capurneum – visit to the hometown of Jesus

The Templar Knight blog visited Capurneum – also known as Capharnaum – and discovered the hometown of Jesus later hit by the huge Galilee Earthquake of 749

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The birthplace of John the Baptist

Today I visited the birthplace of John the Baptist as part of my journey to Israel. The Franciscan monastery at Ein Karem – a village now swallowed up by Jerusalem – is a nineteenth century construction sitting on top of…

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Christians who sought martyrdom from Muslims

These days, it’s commonly assumed that martyrdom for religious reasons is a feature of the radical end of Islam but it was once very much part of Christianity. I found one example in a Portuguese church of Franciscan friars who…

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How the Knights Templar came to be in Ireland

There were Knights Templar in Ireland and they prospered for a while until, like everywhere else, they were imprisoned and put on trial

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