Por­tu­gal nixes claim Monty Python star’s film harmed con­vent

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

LIS­BON, Por­tu­gal — Por­tuguese au­thor­i­ties have re­jected a tele­vi­sion pro­gram’s claims that one of the coun­try’s most cher­ished his­toric mon­u­ments was dam­aged dur­ing the shoot­ing of a film by di­rec­tor and for­mer Monty Python star Terry Gil­liam.

The Gen­eral-Direc­torate for Her­itage says an in­ves­ti­ga­tion has found that the 12th­cen­tury Con­vent of Christ suf­fered only “in­signif­i­cant’’ dam­age dur­ing a re­cent lo­ca­tion shoot for “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.’’

The re­port pub­lished Mon­day said a pro­gram by pub­lic broad­caster RTP al­leg­ing wider dam­age “lacked rigour and re­vealed a lack of sci­en­tific knowl­edge.’’

The con­vent was a strong­hold of the Knights Tem­plar, a Chris­tian mil­i­tary or­der founded in 1119, and is clas­si­fied as a World Her­itage site by UNESCO.

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