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by Caroline Haack (subscribe)
Fine art student and freelance writer from Paris, living in London.
Published May 29th 2017
The famous gothic Church

Built in 1185, Temple Church is located in a pleasant pedestrian district, Temple, erected by the Templars, a monk-soldier order founded in the 12th century to protect the pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem. It is accessed by day only, by Fleet St or Tudor St, the enclosure is surrounded by gates. A stone's throw from the Strand and the hustle and bustle of the city, you reach Temple Church via a labyrinth of small pedestrian streets winding under porches and housing the British courts. Since 1608, it has served as a chapel for the two Inner Temple (Middle Temple), which are vocational training institutions for lawyers and judges (related to the French Institutes of Judicial Studies). It is famous for its round nave and for its lying tombs.

Renovated in 1682 by Christopher Wren, the church was damaged by the bombing of the Second World War before being totally restored.

Inside, the same simplicity predominates with minimal decoration. You can visit the inside of the church and take a small photo with the marble lying on the tomb of Guillaume Le Maréchal, negotiator during the reign of John of England. Observe on the ground the 10 recumbents of the knights. These stone bodies lying on the ground give a strange impression as soon as one enters the small church. Another mystery of the Templars to protect their secret?

The Church is also surrounded by beautiful gardens, where you can rest after the visit and admire the skyline on the other side of the Thames. The entrance is 5 pounds Sterling which is rather cheap! You will also have paper guides at your disposal if you want to know more. The church offers many concerts also. Anyway, it is necessary to book and the price varies according to the choir but it counts from 10 Pounds Sterling.
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Where: Temple, London EC4Y 7BB
Cost: Entry charge: £5.00 (£3.00 senior citizens and students). Free to 16s and under
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