The Templar Knight

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How did the Knights Templar come to exist?

Jerusalem was taken by the Muslim caliphate in 638CE ending centuries of Roman rule. The late Roman – or Byzantine – period had seen the city become one of the great centres of Christendom. Its patriarch was one of five…

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Good Friday – my visit to the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem

In 2012, I was in Jerusalem and visited the Holy Sepulchre – this is the spot revered by all Christian faiths as the place where Jesus was crucified. This church – which dates back to the Roman period though little…

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Spanish little churches in the middle of nowhere

If you drive – or walk on the Santiago pilgrimage path – across northern Spain, you will always be able to spot three or four churches across the vast plain at any one time. Why? Well, part of the reason…

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