On the Trail of the Templars
Temple Church, London
The circular nave of Temple Church in London, built by the Knights Templar to resemble the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Restored after 1941 bombing.
Martin Palmer travelled here to begin his journey in search of the Templars for a Radio 4 documentary, On the Trail of the Templars, broadcast Monday 18 June 2007.
Martin with Knights' effigies, Temple Church
The nine knights whose effigies are found at Temple Church are not actually the nine founding knights of the Templar order.
Martin with the Master of the Temple Church, Robin Griffiths-Jones
Martin Palmer meets the Master of the Temple Church, the Revd Robin Griffiths-Jones, in its round nave.
Audio: Revd Robin Griffiths-Jones, Master of the Temple Church, talks about the building (11:34 mins)
Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem
The dome of the basilica built by Constantine in Jerusalem to house the Holy Sepulchre at the centre of Christendom.
Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Jerusalem base of the Templar order
The Al-Aqsa Mosque, built on the site of the former Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem, was the headquarters of the Knights Templar in the era of the Crusades.
Martin with Professor Jonathan Riley-Smith at Denny Abbey
Denny Abbey, near Cambridge, is a former Templar Commandery where aged and infirm knights were housed.
Audio: Professor Jonathan Riley-Smith talks about the development of the Templar order (18:32 mins)
Lead paten, Templar design, Denny Abbey
A lead paten, buried with a priest at Denny Abbey, shows a Templar cross inscribed with a compass, demonstrating direct Arab influence.
Templar figures, Temple Balsall
The church at Temple Balsall contains figures of Templar knights. You need binoculars to view them.
Top right: Is Martin right to identify this figure as King Solomon? It has the headgear of a High Priest, as Solomon wears when depicted elsewhere in medieval glass.
Bottom right: One of the knight figures.
The Templecombe painting
Martin views the Templar painting discovered at Templecombe. Could this be evidence of a secret veneration of John the Baptist? Or as Martin believes, a re-creation of an Eastern icon of Christ?
Templecombe Preceptory of the Grand Priory of Knights Templar
Martin meets with Geoff Beck and other members of the Templecombe Preceptory of the Grand Priory of the Knights Templar in England and Wales.
Templar Round Church foundations, Garway
Martin inspects the excavated foundations of the round Templar church at Garway, "stamped upon" by the later building, as was the Templar order itself.
Martin with Helen Nicholson and Templar arch, Garway Church
Martin speaks with Templar scholar Helen Nicholson below the Templar arch that survived at Garway.