London, Temple Church - view toward the Chancel.
Photo © Copyright 2010 Marc Haegeman, All rights reserved.
A remarkable medieval building in the centre of London, off Fleet Street, the Temple Church was built in the late 12th and 13th century by the Knights Templar, the most powerful military religious order originating during the era of the Crusades. The church consists of two sections: a circular nave, mirroring the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem (consecrated in 1185), and an ulterior rectangular construction, called the Chancel. Unharmed by the great fire of 1666, the church was restored in the 17th century by Christopher Wren and in the 1840s. After severe damages during the Blitz in World War II, the building was again restored and rededicated in 1958. More recently, the Temple Church became the setting of an episode in Dan Brown's bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code.