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Wall frescoes of Crusader knights telling Jerusalem’s history exposed
Posted By Viva Sarah Press On June 9, 2014 @ 11:12 am In | 1 Comment
Saint-Louis Hospice – an impressive two story structure built in the Renaissance and Baroque style – is situated next to the Jerusalem municipal building. The place is named after St. Louis IX, King of France (the leader of the Seventh Crusade 1248–1254 CE) and was opened to the public in 1896.
The hospital was founded at the initiative of a French count, Comte Marie Paul Amédée de Piellat – who was also an artist. He painted the walls and ceiling of the building with enormous works featuring Crusader knights in their armor and wearing swords. Alongside these giant figures he painted the heraldry of the French knights’ families, wrote their names and noted their genealogy.
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