Saints and Stones: Temple

Temple Church was built by the Knights Templar, the order of crusading monks founded to protect pilgrims on their way to and from Jerusalem in the 12th Century.

In the mid 12th century, before the construction of the church, the Knights Templar in London had met at a site in the High Holborn section of London. Because of the growth of the order, by the 1160s the site had become too confined, and the order purchased the property of the current site for establishment of a larger compound.

The Church is in two parts: the Round and the Chancel. The Round Church was consecrated in 1185 by the patriarch of Jerusalem. It was designed to recall the holiest place in the Crusaders' world: the circular Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

About Temple

The Temple Church, London
Wikipedia: Temple Church

Journey to Temple

Temple Church is located between Fleet Street and the River Thames in the Temple area of London, England. Take the London Underground Circle or District Lines and get off at Temple.

Ordnance Survey Map (TQ3110681109)

Visitors Information

Visitors information may be found at the The Temple Church, London website. General tourist information at Visit London.

Additional Photos of Temple

The Round (left), the Chancel (right), and the Statue of the Knights Templar at Temple Church
Statue of the Knights Templar Outside Temple Church
Reader Board at Temple Church
Interior of the Chancel, Temple Church
Effigies of the Knights Templar, Temple Church
Effigy of a Knight Templar, Temple Church
Effigies of the Knights Templar, Temple Church
The Chancel of Temple Church

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