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Temple Church, London

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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 the Temple Underground station.

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  • Went for the Anniversary of HM the Queen's coronation, and it was an excellent program. Greeted and farewell by the Master of the Temple and the Reader of the Temple in person, as it should be...  more »
  • Stunning church. Very much enjoyed the organ recital on Wed (1:15-1:45p.m.). The organ sounded so great. I especially liked the amazing stained glass windows in the church.  more »
  • Saw Antic Disposition's performance of Macbeth - excellent. They regularly use Temple Church, an amazing space to perform with vaulted ceiling and stained glass windows. One of my favourite venues. It is also an interesting historic building
  • I just had a walk around the area - the church closes quite early, but if you happen to be in the area - then it absolutely worth the visit. Enjoy beautiful garden views, luxurious buildings and breath in the mysterious air of rich history in this area

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