Friday, January 05, 2007

The sights of Barcelona: The Knights Templars were here

I found this street sign in the Barri Gotic. It reminds us of the presence of one of the most powerful religious orders in the Middle Ages, The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon or the Knights Templars. This order was established in 1119 in the Holy Land in order to free the Christian Holy sites occupied by the sarascens. During two hundred years it spread through Christian Europe and was at the beginning of the 14th century one of the most powerful institutions on the continent. But in 1307 their reign ended with the arrest of the orders leaders and the confiscation of their riches. The Grand Master Jacques de Molay was executed in 1314.

And they were also present in the old quarters of Barcelona. Intriguing......

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