Freemasonry is the largest secret known organization. It goes back to the 18th century when the British Empire was at its peak. However, in reality, the organization has roots that go way back in history. The real question is how far actually and do they share roots with the Knights Templars. Freemasonry is the order of Free and Accepted Masons, for men only. Centuries after it speared, it remains a very much active organization in countries that were part of the British empire and in other places as well. Despite its fame, it remains a secretive organization whose members, today, range from 2 million up to six million.
There are many speculations that attempt to explain the beginning of Freemasonry. It is said that it evolved from the board of stone crafters and masons in the Middle Ages. As cathedral building went through a decline, the crafters started accepting honoring members. The membership grew, and many symbols and speculation associated with modern-day Freemasonry began developing. The order in the 17th and 18th followed the rituals and rites of ancient religions.
Despite that, the organization has always met opposition from religions, especially the Catholic Church. Although it is always mistaken for being connected to Christianity as it resembles on many levels, Freemasonry is not a religious institution whatsoever. The actual link between the Knights Templar and modern-day masonry is not easy to prove, and so far, there is no evidence. However, many theories have attempted to explain it. It is a common idea that the Templars invaded the guilds of the stonemasons when the King and also the Church suppressed them. Later, the masons embraced some of the rituals of the Templars.
Today, the Templars and the Freemasons are often seen as two sides of the same coin. However, on their official website, the masons don’t recognize their connection to the monastic order.