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Crusader Jerusalem, Part II

Personal logo chicklewis Supporting Member of TMP writes:

I was lucky enough to see de Bouillon's sword in 1975. Sargonli is correct. I asked politely, was shown into a private area, and later made a small donation in an alms box, though the donation was not required.



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sargonII, traveling in the Middle East, writes:

After the fall of Jerusalem in 1099, the Crusaders built many churches and rebuilt the walls. In fact, the walls of Jerusalem would be breached at the same spot in the next century.

Glacis and moat of Crusader Caesarea gives an idea of what Crusader fortifications would have looked like (though these fortifications are of a latter period)

There are many finds in Jerusalem dating to the times of the Crusaders, though very little in the way of military remains have survived the past 900 years. Some foundations of towers and parts of the walls survive. The best preserved is the southern tower known as the Leather Workers Gate. Several churches and parts of churches survive, along with the structures on the Temple Mount.

Sword of Godfrey de Bouillon, conqueror of Jerusalem in AD 1099
Crosses carved into the walls of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher by pilgrims.