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Medieval displays of bible stories

Medieval churches at the time of the Templars would have been full of decoration and illumination. People were forbidden to read the bible – and, well, they couldn’t read anyway! So the best way to convey bible stories to the…

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Gigantes on procession in Viana do Castelo

Since I was a child, I’ve been captivated by gigantes and cabecudos – as they are called in Portugal. I realise there are variations on those spellings in Spanish and Catalan. In religious processions, they appear and the effect is…

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