Temple Church review (May 2013)
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Temple Church is a mysterious old place. When you first clap eyes on the knights' effigies lying on the floor you'll come over all 'Indiana Jones' and want to dig them up to get at the treasure underneath. I'm sure there's something buried under there that's worth having. I've never seen the Da Vinci Code but I can understand why people come looking for clues -- it's that kind of place.
You need a bit of guts to find it though, because you can't see it from the street. You have to go through a big old wooden archway that looks like it was built to keep people out. You'll pause there, and wonder whether you're actually allowed in. You'll stand there for five minutes waiting for someone else to go through first. But fear not, brave traveller! Just head through the arch and down the alley, and when you wheel around to the left you'll see the round tower looming up behind a tree. Keep walking round and you'll get a great view of the entire length, and an entrance door on the side.
Once inside it just seems like a normal church. It has pews, stained glass windows and an altar to the right. There is also a grand old organ on the far wall. But what makes this church different to all the rest is what lies waiting to your left. This is what makes it so mysterious... because on the floor of the round tower are eight stone effigies of ancient knights. They are literally lying right in the middle of the floor, slumped in slumber with their swords and shields crossed across their bodies. And they really are ancient too -- Geoffrey de Mandeville is dated from 1163.
There are numerous other tombs and effigies dotted around the walls, along with some panels telling the story of the place -- all worthy of your time. And then you can have a little sit down in the pews and enjoy the silence for a while.
Guest – Temple church looks great but where is it? I can't find and address.
Admin – It's down Fleet Street, a short distance from the Royal Courts of Justice (on the other side of the street). You can't actually see it from Fleet Street itself though, you have to walk through a big black arch. If you go through that arch, and down the alley (shown in the video), then you will see the church. Here is a link to Google maps, which shows the arch. maps.google.com/maps?q=fleet+street+lon ... -20.249607
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