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A saint for your lottery numbers

Saint Pantaleon is the patron saint of the lottery – proving there really is a saint for everything. I have even found several prayers online beseeching Pantaleon to pick the right numbers for the faithful. One went like this: Dear…

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Sir William de Mandeville – Templar hero!

Meet Sir William de Mandeville – a Templar hero

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The dreamy Templar castle of Almourol

Here’s something for the new year – promise yourself a visit to this very dreamy Templar castle near Lisbon in Portugal.  I think this video conveys the mystery and magic of the place.

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Templars versus Moors – excellent re-enactment in Portugal

Every year in Santa Maria da Feira in Portugal there is a huge Templar festival called the Viagem Medieval

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Tomar – jóia dos Templários em Portugal

Tendo sido duas vezes para Tomar, em tantos anos, posso dizer-lhe que este é o destino dos Templários para se visitar. Você deve tratar-se de uma estadia no Hotel dos Templarios e durante o dia visitar o “Charola” ou igreja…

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From the Knights Templar to the Order of Christ!

Portugal didn’t crush the Knights Templar but instead turned them into a new organisation called the Order of Christ

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Tomar – an imagining of Templar rule in Portugal

Following my post on the Templar stronghold of Tomar in Portugal – here is a video imagining what Tomar would have been like at the height of a Templar power.  Enjoy!

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Tomar – Templar jewel in Portugal

Tomar is a Templar jewel in Portugal with an incredible church and castle

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Madeira and the nail from the Crucifixion

A nail from the crucifixion of Jesus reputedly ended up in the hands of the Knights Templar who then took it to the Portuguese island of Madeira

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Prester John – the imaginary Christian king who never existed

Prester John was a king who never existed and yet the crusaders and Knights Templar believed he would come to their rescue in the Holy Land

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