Temple Church – Jerusalem in London

Temple Church, built by the Knights Templar (whose church in Jerusalem was located where the Temple of Solomon once stood), is one of London’s oldest churches. Of its two parts, the round church (modelled on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem) was consecrated in 1185 whilst the chancel was added in 1240. Most of the original structure survives today, with some Wren refurbishments, nineteenth century ‘beautifications’ and major repairs after the Blitz. Like Westminster Abbey, it is a Royal Peculiar coming under the direct jurisdiction of Her Majesty. William Marshal (the ‘greatest knight that ever lived’), champion of King Henry II, his sons and guardian to the young King Henry III is buried here. For more information please see: www.templechurch.com

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