Splendid Collectible Image of the Romantic Knights Templar
This resin fridge magnet from Worldwide Gifts depicts one of the most memorable historical figures of France, the Knights Templar. The image of a sword wielding knight wearing the iconic symbol of the red cross on his shield is a wonderful souvenir from France, representing an important era in the history of France and of the Catholic Church.
During the Crusades in the Middle Ages, the knights Templar were a very powerful and wealthy Order of warriors endorsed by the Pope and charged with protecting the Christian pilgrims in Jerusalem. Their headquarters was at Temple Mount in Jerusalem, and they built many fortresses throughout Europe and in the Holy Land. Many legends have arisen around the Templars throughout the years in relation to the Freemasons and holy relics such as the Holy Grail and the Ark of the Covenant. The Knights Templar of the Crusades were easily recognizable by their white mantles and the iconic red cross.
Notable Landmarks in France Associated with the Knights Templar
The Knights Templar built many fortifications during their two centuries in power, including quite a few in France that are popular tourist attractions. Le Temple in Paris was their European headquarters constructed in the 12th century , and is most notorious for having been the prison of the French royal family during the Revolution. The Commandry of Arville has been restored and is now a museum of the Templars history. In Aveyron, La Couvertoirade is the site of an ancient medieval castle and commandry, and La Rochelle in Charente is another Knights Templar site.
The history of the Knights Templar and some of the associated legends have been featured in popular novels like Ivanhoe and The Da Vinci Code, and in the movies Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade and National Treasure, and the video game, Assassin's Creed.