The Temple Church is a Royal peculiar church in the City of London located between Fleet Street and the River Thames, built by the Knights Templar as their English headquarters. It was consecrated on 10 February 1185 by Patriarch Heraclius of Jerusalem. During the reign of King John (1199–1216) it served as the royal treasury, supported by the role of the Knights Templar as proto-international bankers. It is now 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. Temple Bar, an ornamental processional gateway, formerly stood in the middle of Fleet Street. Nearby is Temple Underground station.
|Monday||10:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Wednesday||2:00 – 4:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
Mário Teixeira | Aug 12, 2018
Great church, HUGE history background. Well worth it to enter and understand more about it. Unfortunately, there was no service in August on sundays, so I will need to return later on to see the choir.
Peter Jaques | May 23, 2018
Wow what an amazing place. Fantastic to visit though quite awkward to find. A small charge for entry but well worth the money. Small spiral staircase leads up to a viewing area. A wonderful display and explanation of the church and its history. Also has full size effigies on display which are quite wonderful.
BradJill Travels | Aug 9, 2018
Temple Church is built by the famed Knights Templar. It has a rich local history and today serves as is an active Anglican church. Temple Church was designed after the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and consecrated in 1185AD. Related, the Knights Templar were a society of soldier-monks who were tasked with protecting pilgrims in route to the Holy Land during the Crusades of the Middles Ages. You can visit the Temple Church (£4 per person) but they have inconsistent opening hours so best to refer to the Temple website to confirm opening times before you attempt to visit. Inside you can see the famous 13th century effigies resting on the floor in the nave. The rest of the church is nice to see, displaying its Victorian Gothic features and other earlier period structures. We particularly enjoyed seeing the medieval figures and faces which line the round walls of the nave near the effigies. These days the Temple Church is also known for having one of the finest choirs in England with evening performances that might be worth attending. Other attractions in the area include the Temple Bar, the Gothic style RCJ building complex, St. Clement Danes Church and other historic pubs and tea houses, like the original Twinning Tea Shop.
Norma López-Sancho | Jun 7, 2018
Lovely church, full of history and vibrations. Closed during the weekend you will have to visit during the week, but before 4 or 4:30pm. There's a fee charge for entering £3 reduced for seniors and children, and £5 for the rest. Difficult to find if you are searching for a church, look for some big wooden dark doors in the middle of Fleet Street (with chancery Lane), which by the way, it's an outstanding street!
Noma Nobbs | Mar 9, 2018
This has been on our 'must visit' list for a few years and we never made the time until now. £5 entry fee per person was just the right price to make this feel worth it, without feeling that you were subsidizing something too much. Simply put, if you have any interest in Knights Templar, this is a fantastic place to visit. It looks like it was built yesterday, it is so well cared for - but has all the evidence of the nearly 900 years of history it claims. Tucked away just a minutes walk from Fleet Street, this a great place to visit to get a sense of some of the history of this country and another tick on the bucket list!
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