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The Knight Templar Church

of Ognissanti, Trani

 

 

 

 

The North side of the medieval  Porto di Trani.  Just to the left of centre (not the monstrosity to the right of centre) is the 1100s church of Ognissanti (below), which now backs onto the narrow laned medieval ghetto area.  Trani had one of the biggest Jewish communities in southern Italy, who in their heyday operated an Emperor granted silk monopoly.  Back in the 1100s the church actually stood at the corner of the grounds of a large Knights Templar hospital, and was built as its chapel.  Trani was a major embarkation and revictualling point for the crusades of the 1100s and 1200s. The quality of the east apse window decorations, even though they are somewhat refurbished, and the interior furnishings, indicate that this was no ordinary little port chapel - the Templars did not do ordinary ! 

 

 

 

TRANI

 

Crusader assembly port - major medieval Jewish town

 

Trani Cathedral (2003)

Trani Cathedral (2006)

Bronze Doors of Trani Cattedrale (c1180)

Knight Templar Church of Ognissanti (this page)

Medieval Porto - Winter Dawn (2003)

Medieval Porto (2006)

Trani Restaurants & Hotel

Frederick II's Castello at Trani

 

 

EAST END

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tail eater

 

Top man

 

 

 

NAVE

 

 

 

 

NARTHEX

 

 

A Puglian Romanesque Annunciation

 

 

 

In the sole narthex capital San Michele (right) casually skewers a Guivre (limbless dragon) whilst pretending to look the other way.

On the left hand side is a utility 4-in-1 bishop (crosier) / pilgrim (scallop shell) / angel (wings) / king (crown) whilst the boss looks on sternly from behind.

 

 

 

HIC REQUIESCIT

CONSTANTINUS

ABBAT ET MEDICUS

ORATE PRO ANIMA EIUS

 

West wall memorial stone for Constantinus, a Templar Abbot / Doctor in the early 1100s

 

 

Signage outside the church

 

 

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