The Temple Church

If you’ve read The Da Vinci Code or seen the movie, you will probably remember this church in London. We went to the entrance of an alley that would have taken us straight there but it was blocked as they were filming a TV show there-something called “Silks” for BBC1. The man blocking our entrance said it was the number one drama. I’ll have to see if I can find it. I did see them film one scene. So we went way around to another alley and wandered around and finally found the church, one built by the Crusaders.


I’ve read that Crusader Churches are always round maybe because they believed that devils could hide in corners? I know there is a village somewhere with round buildings for this reason. Maybe the architecture was considered divine. Maybe they were easy to defend if necessary.


It turns out that these figures are not on top of tombs-there are no bodies there-but just memorials. If their legs were crossed they had died peacefully at home.


Spooky faces here and there.


A closeup of one of them.


A bit of color.


I liked these windows.

3 thoughts to “The Temple Church”

  1. I like the idea of the round church, just like the round table. It seems more equal. I think it seems hard to make a statue with legs crossed, especially recumbent. That’s a funny symbol to use.

  2. The windows are unique – they remind me of looking through a kaleidoscope. No doubt that the guy in the close-up is meant to appear serene but he just makes me chuckle. That’s quite the schnozolla!

  3. I am fascinated with the crusades and crusaders. This church makes me giddy with anticipation. How wonderful to see it in person and share it with us

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