Visiting the Temple Church London

What to do with a spare hour in London when you right by the Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand?  Visit the Temple the Church, of course.  You duck down a narrow alleyway and immediately the traffic filled hurly burly of London is left behind, you are in a world of narrow paths, seemingly unchanged for centuries.

Temple Church London exterior

The Temple Church is one of oldest places of worship in London, it was consecrated in 1215 and built to be the headquarters of the Knights Templar in England.  The oldest part of the church is round, as were all the Templar churches, this is because the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem where it is believed Jesus is buried is circular.

Temple Church London looking up

The effigies of nine knights lie on the floor.  They have their eyes open and are all depicted as being in the early thirties, the age of Christ when he died.  These are not memorials but rather a reminder that the Knights are ready to spring into action again when Christ rises again.

Temple Church London close up Knight effigy

About fifty years later the rectangular chancel was built.  King John used the Temple Church as his London headquarters in months leading up to the signing of Magna Carta and it was here that the document was signed.

Temple Church London interior view of Chancel

In one corner of the church I spied a spiral staircase which, it turned out, lead up to the gallery overlooking the round church and gives a fine view of the nine knights.

Temple Church London looking down on knight effigies

The area around the Temple Church is a fascinating place to wander around and is also home to Middle Temple Hall which you can also visit. If visiting the Templar Church has whetted your appetite for all things chivalrous the Museum of the Order of St John is also open to the public.

Temple Church Opening Times

Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm

Temple Church is a working church and has regular services during which visits are not possible.  The church has a fine choir which sings both at the services and at concerts.  Music plays a large part in the life of the church, every Wednesday lunch time there is an organ recital and many concerts are held in the church.

Admission is £5

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18 Comments

  1. May 13, 2018 / 12:48 am

    It’s hard to imagine a church that old and I love the knights, great angle for the shot as well. A nice photo set with some creative photography.

    • May 13, 2018 / 1:08 am

      Thank you, one of my first outings with my new grown up camera still not sure what any of the settings mean

  2. May 13, 2018 / 5:30 am

    Hi Catherine, that is an old church! Places like that give me goosebumps when I think of the things that must have gone on there. Love the story of the knights.

    xx

  3. May 13, 2018 / 6:44 am

    I may very well have to pay a visit to temple Church. Your photos do it incredible justice and while I have been in the are many times, never quite made it inside. It is also quite a bit cheaper than visiting St Paul’s! What history the building has.

  4. May 13, 2018 / 7:07 am

    This looks amazing! Just imagine all the people who have walked there before you. It’s mind blowing. Love the shot of the knights from above.

  5. Darren Coleshill
    May 13, 2018 / 8:17 am

    This looks stunning, I’ve never visited here before. I think this is a trip for the Summer

    Have a good Sunday and thank you for linking up to #MySundayPhoto

  6. May 13, 2018 / 9:59 am

    I love how you discover all these places and they’re usually off a very busy area. That ceiling is so stunning!

    • May 13, 2018 / 11:00 am

      Incurably curious, that’s me!

  7. May 13, 2018 / 10:33 am

    A beautiful and fascinating church. I have read several books about the Knights – it fascinates me.

    • May 13, 2018 / 11:01 am

      Its a story that has it all chivalry, power, secrets and intrigue!

  8. May 13, 2018 / 12:19 pm

    I wandered randomly into here while killing time on a work trip into London years ago. It’s a lovely church – I wonder if I can find it again?

    • May 13, 2018 / 12:26 pm

      Make sure that leave a trail of thread so you can find your way back to the Strand!

  9. May 13, 2018 / 4:03 pm

    What a beautiful old building.

  10. May 13, 2018 / 8:03 pm

    What a magnificent building. I do enjoy learning more about the Templar knights. So fascinating.

  11. May 13, 2018 / 9:17 pm

    It looks like a lovely church with plenty of interesting history.

  12. May 13, 2018 / 9:59 pm

    Beautiful! I have only ever walked past countless times, never been in! 🙂

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