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The Templars and Maritime Activities

The Knights Templar is a monastic military order that emerged in the Holy Land in the 12th century. In the beginning, the Knights had no interest or need in engaging in maritime activities in the Mediterranean area. After all, the order was originally founded to protect traveling Western pilgrims coming to the kingdom of Jerusalem. However, as the Knights developed and expanded in the Middle East, they had to survey and guard Jaffa and Acre's quays as well, where the travelers land. Over a short period of time, the Templars own nearly twenty commanderies on the coast. The only means of communication through these commanderies is by sea, as most of them had direct access to it.  The Templar's relationship...

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The Templar Cross and its Meaning

The Knights Templar is a military order that appeared in the Middle Ages. They were active from 1119 till 1317. The Templars were a prominent order in most Christian countries. Initially, a few knights from France founded the order to protect pilgrims and travelers coming to Jerusalem. Shortly after, the Templars became involved in military actions, mainly the Crusades, trade, and politics. In fact, the Templars were fierce warriors who show braveness and competence in wars—their ideal military attitude made them a subject of interest and admiration. Let’s have a closer look at the famous Templar Cross and its significance. Basically, the cross is visually similar to many Catholic crosses. Unlike the cross seen in churches, the Templars’ cross has...

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The Templars Dungeons in Domme

Domme is a small commune in the southwestern section of France. It was constructed in 1281, and it is one of the most exquisite towns in the country.  Domme is built on a hill of 150 meters. It overlooks the valley below and offers unmatched views of the landscaping. It also overlooks the gorgeous Dordogne River. Much like most medieval towns, Domme was built high for protection and defense. It also allows seeing when enemies are approaching. However, Domme is more than a beautiful commune. Once, it was where King Philip IV imprisoned the Templars. In 1307, thousands of Templars were held captive in the town's dungeons after the king and his comrades arrested them. Underneath the medieval town, the...

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The Templars and the Hospitallers

Even after seven centuries since their ending, the Knights Templar still inspires and fascinates historians and Christians worldwide. They were the first military order and perhaps the most powerful and wealthy. With their unique white mantles, The Templars had a huge success in the Crusades. They were for almost two hundred years, during which they grew in members, power, and richness in Europe and in the Middle East. However, The Knights Templar was not the only monastic order in the medieval games. However, it seems strange for the 21st-century mind to grasp the ideas that they were once monks who fought for the word of God. One order, in particular, known as the Knights Hospitaller was to the Templars. The...

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The Life of Hughes de Payens

Hugh also goes by the name of Hugues (also called Hugues) de Payens is a nobleman from France who took part in the First Crusade, which was the starting point of a two-century conflict between the Muslims and Christians over the Holy Land. Hugh de Payens became a familiar name after Jerusalem was established as a Crusader state. Along with a small set of knights, started an order known as the Knights Templar after the king permitted them to do so. The group aimed to provide protection to Christian travelers coming to Jerusalem. The Knights Templar set their headquarters first in the Temple of Solomon, hence their name. Hugues was the first Grand Master of the order from 1118 until...

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