Authorities rubbish claims Terry Gilliam film set damaged historic convent; Alex Williams; PCR

Portugal – Convent of Christ in Tomar

Authorities in Portugal have rejected claims made by a television programme that a convent was damaged while Monty Python star Terry Gilliam filmed a movie there.

Claims that the shoot left chipped masonry, broken roof tiles and uprooted trees at the Convent of Christ in Tomar have been dismissed by the country’s General-Directorate for Heritage.

Reacting on Facebook, Mr Gilliam said: “Whoa!! Let’s call a sot (sic) to this ignorant nonsense. I think the Conveto di Cristois one of the most glorious buildings I have ever seen.

“Everything we did there was to protect the building from harm… and we succeeded. Trees were not cut down, stones were not broken.”

The programme, by the public broadcaster RTP, came after Mr Gilliam used the 12th century convent for upcoming adventure sci-fi film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.

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