Temple Church, London
The Temple Church is a late 12th-century church in the City of London located between Fleet Street and the River Thames, built by the Knights Templar as their English headquarters. During the reign of King John (1199–1216) it served as the royal treasury, supported by the role of the Knights Templars as proto-international bankers. It is jointly owned by the Inner Temple and Middle Temple Inns of Court, bases of the English legal profession. It is famous for being a round church, a common design feature for Knights Templar churches, and for its 13th and 14th century stone effigies. It was heavily damaged by German bombing during World War II and has since been greatly restored and rebuilt. The area around the Temple Church is known as the Temple and nearby formerly in the middle of Fleet Street stood the Temple Bar, an ornamental processional gateway. Nearby is the Temple Underground station.To visit Temple Church on your trip to London, use our London trip itinerary maker site .
ConstructionIn the mid 12th century, before the construction of the church, the Knights Templar in London had met at a site in High Holborn in a structure originally established by Hugues de Payens. Because of the rapid growth of the order, by the 1160s the site had become too confined, and the Order purchased the current site for the establishment of a larger monastic complex as their headquarters in England. In addition to the church, the new compound originally contained residences, military training facilities, and recreational grounds for the military brethren and novices, who were not permitted to go into the City without the permission of the Master of the Temple.
Temple Church Reviews
I've been meaning to visit Temple Church for a long time and on this visit it was top of my list. I was certainly not disappointed, it is a beautiful church and you wouldn't know you were in the heart... more »
Absolutely beautiful church and amazing history. Having an exhibit on the Magna Carta and there are several effigies on loan from the V&A and the British History Museum. Give yourself 45 minutes to an... more »
Middle Temple is one of those quiet and secret places in London that most tourists miss. A beautiful, quiet space. Don't expect cafes etc just a walk in the leafy lanes. The church has some splendid knights.
It’s a beautiful church founded by the knight Templar. It’s easy to miss, but it should be a stop for anyone visiting London. You have to pay to enter, but it’s not much and well worth it.
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