Thursday, 24 September 2009

Temple Church in London

The Temple Church in London was build by the Knights Templar in the mid 12th century as a headquaters in England, it is located between Fleet Street and the River Thames. The land on which the Temple Church sits once had residences, military training facilities and recriational grounds for members of the order. The Church itself consitists in two parts, the Naive (the circular building) and the Chancle. The round shape to the Church is a designed based on the design on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, to keep wth the tradition of their order. The Chancle, the rectanglur building, was built about half a centry after the Naive.

one purpose of the oringal structure was the initation cerimonies for new recriuts into the order. the cerimony would involve new members entering the tem,ple throuh the western door t dawn, and make their way into the circular Naive where they would take a Monastic vow of piety, chastity, poverty and obedience. at the time the initation process was very secret which later lead to rumours of blasphomy.

After the downfall on the Knights Templar Order King Edward II gave the Church to another order, the Knights Hospitaller who rented it to law colleges.

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