Portugal Nixes Claim Monty Python Star's Film Harmed Convent

Terry Gilliam performs on the closing night of 'Monty Python Live (Mostly)' at The O2 Arena on July 20, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

Portuguese authorities have rejected a television program's claims that one of the country's most cherished historic monuments was damaged during the shooting of a film by director and former Monty Python star Terry Gilliam.

The General-Directorate for Heritage says an investigation has found that the 12th-century Convent of Christ suffered only "insignificant" damage during a recent location shoot for The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. The report published Monday said a program by public broadcaster RTP alleging wider damage "lacked rigor and revealed a lack of scientific knowledge."

Gilliam has previously called the allegations "ignorant nonsense."

The convent was a stronghold of the Knights Templar, a Christian military order founded in 1119, and is classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

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