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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I first came here 40 years ago when I was living in East London. There was no Dan Brown or similar to bring me here. It took a long time to find with my trusty old London A-Z. It was really a hidden Gem. The inside of the old church is austere and the "graves". Not sure what to call then, were fascinating.
I was staying just a couple blocks away visiting a law firm in the area. I had to get by...more
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
Listening to Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 sung by borough chamber choir. Beautiful voices echoing
Throughout this beautiful churchmore
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
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