Images: Murals of Crusaders in a Jerusalem Hospital

Rediscovered Paintings

Redisocvered plaintings in a storeroom

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Late-1800s wall murals portraying Crusader knights and symbols of medieval military orders have been rediscovered in a Jerusalem hospital thanks to a burst water pipe and a storeroom reorganization. The paintings were rediscovered in a storeroom in Saint-Louis Hospice, a Jerusalem hospital built by a prominent Christian. [Read full story on the Crusader murals]

Heraldry on the Walls

medieval wall heraldry

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Medieval heradlry on the walls of Saint-Louis Hospice in Jerusalem. The designs were painted in about 1896 by a Christian count from France. [Read full story on the Crusader murals]

Crusade Walls

crusader heraldry on hospital walls

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French Count Marie Paul Amedee de Piellat painted these designs to commemorate the Crusades. They were painted over by Turks who controlled the buliding during World War I. [Read full story on the Crusader murals]

Hospital Chapel

paintings on jerusalem hospital

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The paintings of Comte de Piellat adorn the walls of the Saint-Louis Hospice chapel. [Read full story on the Crusader murals]

Hospital Altar

hospital altar in jerusalem

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A view of the Saint-Louis Hospice chapel in Jerusalem, built between 1879 and 1896, and named after St. Louis IX, a king of France and leader of the Seventh Crusade between A.D. 1248 and 1254. [Read full story on the Crusader murals]

Working Hospital

saint louis hospice in jerusalem

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There are no plans to turn the paintings into a tourist attraction, however, as the Saint-Louis Hospice is still in use for chronic and terminally ill patients. Sisters of the order of St. Joseph of the Apparition run the facility. [Read full story on the Crusader murals]

Water Damage

water damage at saint louis hospital

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Water damage from a burst pipe revealed forgotten paintings on the Saint-Louis Hospice walls. [Read full story on the Crusader murals]