Knights Templar

Alan Watt

Bristol, United Kingdom

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Taken in Bristol.
The Temple Church is so-called because the original church was built by the Knights Templar. The Templars, a society of soldier-monks, was formed during the time of the Crusades to defend the Holy Sepulchre and guard pilgrims travelling to Jerusalem. They had been granted land across the Avon from Bristol by Robert, Earl of Gloucester in the mid-12th Century.

Later, the Knights Templar fell into disrepute. ‘As their prosperity increased, their vices were multiplied and their arrogance, luxury and cruelty rose … to such a monstrous height.’ This led to the Knights being abolished in 1312, when their estates were taken over by the order of St John of Jerusalem.

Shot with a Nikon D70 using a CPL.
Hand held and a 1 shot RAW HDR using Photomatix.

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