NO SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO PORTUGAL SITE BY GILLIAM

Jul 04, 2017

By Michael Kramer

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Authorities in Portugal have rejected claims by a television program – that one of the country’s most cherished historic monuments was damaged – during the filming of a movie by director and former Monty Python star Terry Gilliam.

Portugal’s 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.

A report published Monday says 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.

It is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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