Monday, October 15, 2007

The full name of the Order is Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon (Pauperes commilitones Christi Templique Solomonici).

  • Vatican set to clear 'heretical' Templars

  • The Templars were rumoured to have found either the Holy Grail or the Ark of the Covenant at their home in Jerusalem. They were also documented as having a piece of the True Cross, which was captured by Saladin.

    The Shroud of Turin was first publicly displayed by the grandson of Geoffrey de Charney, who was burned at the stake with Jacques de Molay, the last head of the order. The shroud is old enough to have been owned by the Templars.

    The Templars' initiation ritual has been widely copied, most notably by the Freemasons, who have a title called "Order of the Knights Templar".

    Some of the Templars' lands in London were later rented to lawyers, which led to the names of Temple Bar gate and Temple Tube station.


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