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Knights Templar Locations

Knights Templar locations are found all over Europe and the Middle East. The Knights Templar was a huge organization with locations from Jerusalem to Spain to England, and Germany. It is impossible to name them all, so you can start by looking at the main sites where some of the Masters of the Temple resided.

Knights Templar Locations

Knights Templar Locations

To learn about Knights Templar locations, first take a look in England:

  • Many churches there were named Temple Church in: Bristol, Dover, London, and Temple.
  • Other churches are: The Holy Sepulchre in Cambridge, Garway Church in Herefordshire, Cressing Temple in Essex, Temple Balsall and Church in Warwickshire, Temple Ewell and Church in Kent, Rothley Temple in Leicestershire, Shipley Church in Shipley, St. Mary's House in Bramber, St. Mary's Church in Sompting, and Poling church in Poling.

Places that are named after Knights Templar include:

  • Temple Dinsley in Hertfordshire,
  • Templecombe near Sherborne,
  • Temple Mills in Stratford, Bristol City (many place names here),
  • Temple Cloud in Somerset, and
  • Temple Newsam in Leeds.
  • A town founded by Templar is Baldock, Hertfordshire and the only preserved Knights Templar preceptory can be found in South Witham, Lincolnshire.

Locations in France

Some of the Knights Templar locations in France are:

  • Banvuls,
  • Montlor,
  • Poitou,
  • Richerenches,
  • Roaix,
  • Serignan, and
  • Til-Chatel.
  • Specific sites are: Ch√Ęteau de Guilleragues in the Aquitaine region, the painted chapel at Montsaunes, the fortress and church at St. Eulalia de Cernon, the chapel of Cressac in Saintonge (there are Templar frescoes here) and the commanderies of Richerenches and Ruou in Provence and Mas Deu near Perpignan.

Locations in Spain and Elsewhere in Europe

Sites in Spain include the Templar Church in Segovia and various Templar castles in Aragon that includes Monzon and Peniscola. There are also sites in Brunswich and other areas of Germany, Austria, Hungary and Slovenia.

History of the Knights Templar

When the Crusades took control of Jerusalem in 1099 it opened the way for many Christians to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Two knights of the Crusades, Hughes de Payens and Godfrey de Saint-Omer, suggested in 1119 to King Baldwin of Jerusalem that a monastic order be created to protect these pilgrims as they journeyed there. He agreed and that was the beginning of the Knights Templar, who were officially the Poor Knights of Christ and the Temple of Solomon.

They started with nine and their headquarters was the Temple Mount that was previously Al Aqsa Mosque. It was believed to have been built on the ruins of the Temple of Solomon. The Roman Catholic Church officially endorsed them in 1129. The group relied on donations and soon grew very large and powerful as people donated money, land, and even businesses to them. They had a huge network all over Europe and the Middle East and had diverse interests. They ran vineyards, companies, and managed money, imports, and exports.

They fought in many battles of the Crusades and started building churches and castles on land that was donated to them from France, England, and other countries. The very first Knights Templar Temple was built in Holborn, London in 1128. In 1146, they adopted the splayed Red Cross as their symbol and it was displayed on shields, banners, and clothing.

During the Second Crusade, Turkish forces defeated them in 1184 and all surviving Templar were executed. This event led to the Third Crusade headed by Richard the Lionheart. This was the beginning of the end for the Crusades and the Knights Templar and soon the Templar had to move north. King Philip IV of France ordered on Friday, October 13, 1307 that all Knights Templar be arrested and many of them were killed.

The final event in the dissolution of the Knights Templar was the death of Grand Master Jacques de Molay, who was burned at the stake on March 18, 1314 in Paris. Knights in other areas joined other military orders, retired, or changed the names of their organizations, like to the Knights of Christ in Portugal.