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San Gimignano – Templar church or not?

I have been travelling round Italy and will be sharing some amazing videos and images from that incredible country in the next few posts. To begin with, here is a church in the medieval town of San Gimignano that claims…

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Why the crusaders stormed a Roman temple

It was the height of the crusades in the 12th century AD and the Atabeg (Saracen ruler) of Damascus spotted a building that was ideal to convert into a fortress – the remains of a Roman temple to the goddess…

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Omne Datum Optimum – the turning point for the Templars

Twenty years after the founding of the Templar Order, the rebel ‘anti-pope‘ Anacletus II had died and pope Innocent II was able to seize control of the church with the support of Bernard of Clairvaux and other senior clerics. There…

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