The Temple Church

About

Temple Church was founded in the 12th Century by the Knights Templar, a Christain military order from the Middle Ages. The area originally included a military compound and training ground for the knights.

The church has a rare circular nave, a Norman door and 10 effigies of knights which lie in the old round church. Temple Church garden is mentioned in Shakespeare's play Henry VI and in Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. Temple Church was restored by Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London.

For a week in January 1215, King John was confronted by barons at Temple Church who demanded a charter. The subsequent document, called Magna Carta, limited the king's powers by law and protected the baron's rights, paving the way for the establishment of constitutional law.

The Temple Church has excellent accoustics and has a thriving programme of choral music.

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Venue Details & Map

The Temple Church

Address
The Master's House
Temple
London
EC4Y 7BB
Telephone:
+44 20 7353 3470
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Yelp Reviews

4 out of 5 based on 10 reviews

Top 5 reviews of The Temple Church

5.0 out of 5 25 June 2015
by Crystal C.

Wonderful experience. Wealth of information of the church and its history. Great guides who are available to give information or answer questions. Beautiful church.more

5.0 out of 5 16 July 2011
by mackg

Listening to Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 sung by borough chamber choir. Beautiful voices echoing

Throughout this beautiful churchmore

4.0 out of 5 16 April 2009
by Haroun

I'm no expert on the History of this place.I visited as part of an Art project is was doing. It is quite an exquisite little building nextled away in a quite part of the city. Also saw an Astom Martin Vantage there

Also while I was the the Dutch Radio 4 was recording some music there.more

5.0 out of 5 6 May 2008
by Templar

Built 1185. It is round as Templar churches were.

The tombs in Temple Church were quite badly damaged in the Blitz. One of them is William Le Marshall who was an honoury Templar and I believe two of his sons.

For an idea of William see the novel The Greatest Knight but he was Regent for a while. I believe he earned his spurs jousting.

One of the vergers told me the crypt is bricked up and...more

4.0 out of 5 24 April 2007
by David J.

This church has had a tumultuous history. Built as the London headquarters of the Templars, an order of soldier-monks established to protect pilgrims travelling to the Holy Land, its fortunes waxed and waned with theirs. After their demise in 1340, it was given by Edward II to the Order of St John (the 'Knights Hospitallers'), who leased it to the lawyers of the colleges of the Inner and...more

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