Temple Church

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Column in courtyard marking where the Great Fire of 1666 stopped.

Today I finally had my chance to get a peek inside the round Templar Church.  I found it interesting and very neat.  There are stone effigies inside the oldest part of the church. They memorialize 10 templar knights, most died around 800 years ago. I took many pictures.  This stop was important to me because it is very hard to get inside. The church is only open to the public during short periods thru the week.  If you don’t get there at the right time you are just out of luck.  This was the 3rd try to get inside. Both of the boys knew that this was important to me, and were very well behaved.  Bobby had my film camera (since his camcorder is not working). I told him I wanted to take a few pictures with it (it takes better indoor pictures than my digital camera does.

The round portion of the church. It is known as the nave.
  I took about 7 or 8 pictures and gave the camera back to him.  I told him to feel free to shoot the rest of the roll if he wanted to.  I know he was taking pictures, but I don’t know how many he took.

 

This church is special in many different ways.  The great London fire in 1666 was stopped (or stopped) right at the doorstep of the church. Either it is being watched over or the stone construction played a major part.  There is also an alter panel inside the church that I found amazing.  The church was originally built by the Knights Templar in the late 1100’s. The Templar Order was unique in that they were answerable only to the Pope. The church now belongs to the Church of England.  I have read many stories about how religious houses were destroyed during the reformation here in England.

This plaque intriqued me. It is blurry, but the bottom part reads, "I believe in the Holy Catholic Church" I would have thought that the mention of the Catholic Church would have been reason to destroy the entire church during the Reformation Era.
  Not only is this church still in tact, but there is an alter panel that recognizes the authority of the Roman Catholic Church and the Pope.  Those words alone should have had the structured razed back in the day.

 

After our trip to the church, we headed over to the London Eye (the worlds largest fairest wheel) to see about going out on a “Duck Tour”.  These tours are in old WW II amphibious vehicles.  Brian is very keen to take this tour.  We got to the business and found out they where completely booked until 1700 tomorrow.  So being the flexible boys that we are, we changed our plans a bit, and booked a tour for tomorrow.  We then walked over to the London Eye.  It was much to crowded, and we decided to skip it.  The special tour pass I had gave us some free tokens in an arcade nearby, so we popped in for a few video games.

I like the craftsmanship it takes to work in stone. My son likes horses.
  Young boys and free video games.  Does life get any better?

 

After we were done here, we started for the Queens Ice and Bowl.  You may remember we went there when we first got here.  The pass I have also included a free game of bowling, and Bobby wanted to return.  We bowled our game (yes I lost to the boys) and then walked along Queensway (very touristy) and did some window shopping.  We had dinner, and then returned to the hotel. 

 

Tomorrow will be the Tower of London, the Tower Bridge Tour, and the Duck Tour.

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Entry way to the door to the nave.
Entry way to the door to the nave.
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The door to the nave.
The door to the nave.
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Backside of the church.
Backside of the church.
Bell tower?
Bell tower?
Obiligitory picture of my kids.
Obiligitory picture of my kids.
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The nave has these stone faces th…
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That darn Burger King is everywhe…
A couple more of the effigies.
A couple more of the effigies.
And another.
And another.
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This is a stained glass windows t…
Door to the nave from outside.
Door to the nave from outside.
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More stone work.
More stone work.
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The church organ.
The church organ.
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photo by: ulysses