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Crusader Jerusalem, Part II

sargonII writes:

I have seen the sword several times. You are correct it is in the Catholic/ Franciscan part of the Holy Sepulchre. It is where the priests prepare for services. All you have to do is ask one of the priests very nicely. They have always been polite, and let you in the room freely. It is worth seeing.
God Bless you



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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.