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Temple Church
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Reviewed June 12, 2014

If you love medieval history, its a place to visit. The place is small and difficult to find. But worth to visit.

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Reviewed May 20, 2014

The Temple Church has a great deal of historic associations. In a nutshell, it was originally built by the Templars in 1185 and then given to the Knights Hospitallers, taken by the Crown and then granted to Inner and Middle Temples (two of the Inns of Court).

It survived the Great Fire of 1666, refurbished by Wren but very badly damaged during WWII. In fact very little of the original structure remains other than the Norman gate. There are a few effigies inside the church but in very poor condition (qv WWII damage) and the rest of the interior is a modern restoration.

There is a GBP 4 entrance fee, which is rather high given what is (un)available inside. Not recommended unless you have a particular interest in the Templars or a fan of Dan Brown.

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Reviewed May 7, 2014

If you are interested in Knights templar, Magna Carta, history, old buildings and the way they are related this is the perfect place to go. A little hard to find but still a great visit.

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Reviewed April 5, 2014

Being a big fan of the Da Vinci Code - we had to visit and it was well worth the effort. I love this whole story and it is much better for me than the generic Church/ Cathedral view, which is repetitive after a while. Beautiful interior and not at all dark as indicated in the film.

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Reviewed March 29, 2014

Only a few minutes north of the River Thames and edged by Fleet Street the Temple area contains the centre of the English Law establishment. Badly damaged during WW2 the neighbourhood is home to Law firms and the majority of the successful and experienced law experts in the country. The buildings are very grand and bordered by beautiful gardens , some fine eateries and in the centre of it all the Temple Church - Mother Church of Common Law.

Originally built by the Knights Templar - the armed and military monks who protected pilgrims on their journey to the Holy Land during the 12th Century and through the Crusades - around 1200.Modelled on the Holy sepulchre in Jerusalem it became a became a burial site for Kings. More change occurred in the early 16 hundreds when the King - James 1 - gave the whole of the area to the lawmakers - of the Inner and Middle Temple after another shift in religious power.

The Temple Church has been beautifully maintained and indeed rebuilt by those of the Middle and Inner Temple ever since.

There is a charge of £4 to enter the church - it is an active church and has services on a Sunday where there is no charge -. The stained glass is amazing , the monuments to those of the past amazing and the interior of the building magnificent.

There are story boards and photographs highlighting key events - from the Magna Carta through the blitz , the Da Vinci Code and Harry Potter.

The area around the church is beautiful , but is not always open to the public with many of the surrounding lanes being closed with large gates after 1900 and at the weekend.

Finally if you had any doubts that law is an area to earn some high rewards just look at the cars parked outside the Chambers ....... not many Ford Fiestas.

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