Portugal nixes claim film harmed con­vent

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E -

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 12th-cen­tury 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.” Gil­liam has pre­vi­ously called the al­le­ga­tions “ig­no­rant non­sense.” 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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