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Saturday, 6 June 2009

St John's Gate

The Knights Hospitallier were an order dedicated to healing the sick and defending the faith. This gate dating from 1504 was the entrance to their sanctuary.
It went through many lives after that depending on who was in power until the Victorians, inspired by its medical past, founded St John's Ambulance.

19 comments:

Ioanna said...

Beautiful entrance!

MARIA GRAZIA said...

Nice gate, lovely post...As usual.

LoveANewIdea said...

I like how it's closed off to just pedestrians. Makes it easier to admire.

Gillian said...

A quaint wee spot with a lovely history.

Hilda said...

Beautiful old stone! Is it just the gate that remains, or is there still something above and beyond it?

Christopher Raun Leth said...

A beautiful gate.

Babzy said...

nice entrance !

Ivy said...

Love the dimensions of the photo. The trees flanking the entrance of the beautiful old gate. And anything that can last 500 years is just plain cool. Thanks again for the history lesson -- they're my favorite.

Sharon said...

The gate makes a beautiful photo!

PattyF said...

Wonderful photo, Mo. I love the tidbits of history you give, too. It helps make the photo really come alive.

Not quite there yet... said...

Awesome history lesson! Awesome picture!

Asta said...

A lovely story and a beautiful picture with the gate and the trees. It's like a tunnel.

The Book Gobbler said...

Goodness! Lovely archway, Mo. (Interesting sidenote for film fans: A Hospitaler is what actor David Thewlis played in Kingdom of Heaven!) : ) *L*

The Lone Beader said...

I love this!!

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» enjoys history, even brief ones such as this. Fascinating!

Amy said...

yes it's cool that people can still walk through it, I like the history behind it.

Braffkins... said...

Hey MO! You've got me addicted to your blog because I am inlove with London and all things English. Your posts make one feel as if they are there! Thanks, and for that, I have given you an award! Come by my blogspot to recieve it.
XOXO
Braff

marley said...

Interesting. I never knew this about the stone arch.

Peter said...

Nice to see that this gate is still there! No Baron Haussmann in London! :-)

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