Friday, 29 June 2018

Museum of the Order of St. John

St. John's Gate.
Friday June 29, 2018.

It was another warm day that I had spent wandering the streets of the Unfinished City, following the old Roman Walls, when, after stopping for some refreshment, I found what looked like a castle gate. Intrigued, I decided to pop in to see what it was about.

It turns out that this is the home of the Museum of the Order of St. John. The museum charts the origins of this religious military order, from 11th century Jerusalem, through to its modern role as the international first aid charity, the St. John Ambulance.

So, in I went.

Some of the areas, like the Priory church and its crypt, plus the rooms upstairs could only be accessed on a guided tour. Unfortunately, I did not have the time for a guided tour, so I just enjoyed the museum galleries, on the ground floor. Plus, the garden beside the Priory church, which were all free to visit and contained a wealth of historic information, artefacts and models.

I will be visiting again, hopefully soon, to take in the whole of this building.

For anyone interested in the history of this charity, St. John's Gate is well worth the visit.





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