Of Capuchins and cappuccinos

As well as being home to the prime minster’s residence, Talbiyeh is sprinkled with Italian buildings.

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October 7, 2014 15:32
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The Terra Sancta Monastery is shaped like the Hebrew letter ‘shin,’ with the middle prong in the back.. (photo credit: SHMUEL BAR-AM)

 
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Sometime in the 16th century, as Franciscan friars toiled in the fields of Italy, a group of children ran after them chanting “Cappuccino, cappuccino!” What they were referring to, of course, were the large hoods worn by friars of one branch of the Franciscan order to keep rain and the hot Italian sun off their necks.

It wasn’t long before those Franciscans became known, worldwide, as Capuchins. And one day we would all call that delicious coffee drink that is the color of their hoods cappuccino.

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