The Knights Templar was a military order of Knights set up by Bernard de Clairvaux and co founder Hugues de Payens in France – the organization was officially recognized by the Roman Catholic Church years later.
The Knights Templar were initially tasked with protecting Christian Pilgrims who traveled throughout the Holy Land regions.
The Knights Templar in their white robes with the distinctive red crosses would evolve into one of the most feared fighting units of medieval times and were prominent in the period of the Medieval Crusades.
The first place that the Knights Templar had their headquarters was at the ‘The Dome of the Rock’ an Islamic shrine located on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem. There are many great mysteries, conspiracies and secrets connected to their time at the ‘Dome of the Rock’, especially during the nine year period when they seemed to just vanish!
Did You Know?
The Crusader knights actually took their name from their time at the ‘Dome of the Rock’ at what they called the ‘Temple of Solomon’ – Temple became Templar and the ‘Knights Templar’ name began!
The Dome of the Rock at Mount Temple and Temple of Solomon
The Templars became an international organization over time and had headquarters in many major cities such as Paris, it this respect that they were organized in a similar way to how modern international businesses are structured today.
The Templar Knights had the backing of many wealthy nobles, Kings and Queens throughout Europe in their mission to reclaim Holy land territories for the Christian nations, and because of this they became a very wealthy and influential organization and had extensive property, land and other resources at their disposal.
They were able to fund large scale building projects right across Europe and many of the structures built by the Templars are still standing today.
The Buildings such as Churches and Castle built by the Templars is extensive, here are just a few notable mentions in England that gives you an idea of their power and wealth.
Templar Red Cross Flag on a White Backround
List of Templar Castles in England
The Temple including Temple Church, London.
Temple Church, Bristol, Bristol.
Denny Abbey, Cambridgeshire.
Temple Church, Temple, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall.
St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall.
Temple Sowerby, Cumbria.
Cressing Temple, Essex.
Little Maplestead, Essex.
Church of St Mary the Virgin in Baldock, Hertfordshire.
Temple Dinsley, Hertfordshire.
The Manor of Temple Ewell, Kent.
Eagle Hall Lincolnshire.
South Witham Lincolnshire.
Temple Bruer, Lincolnshire.
The Templars are surrounded in secrets, mystery and conspiracy theories – it was thought that the Templars lost all their wealth and power after being disbanded by the Roman Church – But some believe that they escaped and moved there operations to Scotland eventually becoming a powerful force again.