Crusader Murals Discovered In Jerusalem

By: Ellisha Rader Mannering - May 15, 2014

A busted water pipe is usually a bad thing, but not when it leads to the rediscovery of amazing artwork. Several nuns in a Jerusalem hospital were organizing some storage rooms when a water pipe burst. The water stripped away the paint and plaster on the walls and revealed paintings of knights, crusaders and other medieval images.

The murals were painted by Count Comte Marie Paul Amédée de Piellat in the late 1800’s. The count was fascinated with knights and Crusaders and believed that he was a descendant of Crusaders. The count often visited Jerusalem and had Saint-Louis Hospice built between 1879 and 1896, naming it after St. Louis IX, a king of France and leader of the Seventh Crusade between A.D. 1248 and 1254.

When the Turkish forces took over the hospital during World War I, they painted the walls black to hide the murals. The murals were forgotten about until the nuns rediscovered them.

The Israel Antiquities Authority is now in charge of cleaning up the area and protecting the murals. They will carefully continue to remove the paint and plaster that had hidden the murals for so long. They will also work on preserving the artwork and are currently looking for funds to help make the restoration of the murals possible.

Once restored, the murals will not likely be open to the public as the facility is still being used as a hospital.

De Piellat had hoped to restore the murals himself and even returned to Jerusalem after the war. While he worked hard to restore many of the murals, the restoration was not complete and De Piellat died in 1925.

Do you think the IAA will be able to raise the funds to restore the rediscovered murals and do you think they should allow the public to view them if they are restored?

Image via Wikimedia Commons

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Ellisha Rader ManneringEllisha is a writer, wife, and mommy to Cyrus and Milo. She enjoys fishing, hiking, being outdoors, shopping, traveling with her family and teaching baton twirling. Follow her on Twitter @lishann

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  • guestTheory

    OH YES!!!!!!! Please please somebody set up a GoFundMe to raise funds for the murals.
    I would love to see them. I love Knights history, I will donate $$. This is a precious find.

  • usbornebarb

    well, logically, it is dumb to use money and it will be very expensive and not to allow them to be seen. a great way to make cash to pay for the restoration is to let it be seen…..it really is an awesome find

  • mike_in_cinci

    So they weren’t really crusader murals, just murals of crusaders……

    • twise09

      Shhhhhhhh!!! You are scaring the clicks away!

  • chelszmm

    These murals are less than 120 years old! They are interesting but far from ancient artifacts. If they get people to donate and help pay for the restoration they should open them to the public.

  • Joshua31

    There are signs in the Heavens and in the Earth. Yeshua(Jesus) the Christ, who was and who is the, I AM. LIVES!!!!! Repent.

    • Smartest1nthetrailerpark

      Convert to true Christianity (Eastern Orthodox) Joshua and leave that Judaic Satanism alone!

  • Smartest1nthetrailerpark

    A mural depicting Christianity? Where’s the whitewash and the brushes!!! We simply can not allow this horrible racist religion to continue!!!