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Temple Church

The Temple Church was built by the Knights Templar as their English headquarters in the late 12th century. It is in two sections; the original Round Church, with its famous effigies of medieval knights, and the rectangular Chancel, which was added a little later.

A German air-raid in May 1941 set the church on fire which, as well as destroying all the building's wooden parts, caused the supporting columns to be cracked in the heat. While it was being restored post-war renovations originally created by Sir Christopher Wren were discovered in storage and put back in place rather than replicating the destroyed Victorian fittings. The cracked columns were also replaced with replicas to ensure the building was safe.

The excellent accoustics have made the Temple church a popular venue for choral concerts, and is one of Anton Bruckner Choir's favourites.

For more information, see their website at

Finding Temple Church

Access to the Temple at weekends is through the main entrance on Tudor street. There is a very good map on the Temple Church website.


Map of Temple Church

Temple Church
Fleet Street

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