Friday, August 17, 2007

Temple church

The powerful and mysterious Knights Templar built the Temple church in the late 12th century. After featuring in The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown it became a very popular place for tourists to visit, but don't let this be a reason to snub the place. It is easy to understand why Dan Brown couldn't resist speculating about the mysteries surrounding the Knights Templar and the the Temple Mount they occupied in Jerusalem after the First Crusade of 1096 which was believed to be the ruins of the Temple of Solomon. So many of the Templar legends are connected with what relics the Templars may have found there. The Holy Grail, the Ark of the Covenant, a piece of the True Cross, the head of Saint Euphemia of Chalcedon and the Shroud of Turin as the most commonly rumoured. Enough material left for a couple more Indiana Jones films. ^_^;;