The Temple Church is one of the oldest churches in London. It was built by the Knights Templar and the round church dates back to 1120. The Templars were an order of crusading monks founded to protect the pilgrims on their way to the Holy Land. The Temple Church was their headquarters in England and was designed to be similar to the circular church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
Walk inside and you can't help but be impressed.
Cast of the effigy of King John (1166-1216). The original effigy is in Worcester Cathedral.
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Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem
In 1608 King James VI and I granted all the Templars' former land between Fleet Street and the River Thames to the societies of Inner and Middle Temple, two of London's Inns of Court. Every barrister in England and Wales must, to this day,still belong to one of the four Inns.
To Mark the 400th anniversary of this event a stained glass window was commissioned. It shows the scales of justice are suspended from the sword in the centre. Either side of the crown are the symbols from the Coat of Arms of James VI of Scotland and I of England: the three lions of England, the Scottish lion rampant, the Irish harp and fleur d'lys of France.
The left and right hand lights are the symbols of the two Inns.The Pegasus of the Inner Temple and the Lamb and Flag of the Middle Temple
The inscription states' Repaired and Beautified 1687'
The stone staircase takes you to an upper gallery where you have views of the nave.
The church was also used for the filming of Dan Brown's 'Da Vinci Code'