Temple Church, The Temple, City of London: two of the effigies in Purbeck marble of the Knights Templar dressed to ride into battle on the floor of the Round
|Artist/Photographer||Smith, Edwin (1912-1971)|
|Library Reference||ESP/CHU/888 (ESB12542)|
|Colour Info||Black and white|
|Credit||Edwin Smith / RIBA Collections|
|Subject||Churches ; Monuments ; Marble ; Round buildings ; Restoration|
NOTES: The church was founded by the Knights Templar in the reign of Henry II upon the model of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem. The Transitional style church was consecrated in 1185 by Heraclius, Patriarch of Jerusalem. The church and most of the Temple enclave was severely damaged by incendiary bombs during the Blitz of 1941. However, the walls were left intact and enough fragments remained for the church to be restored in complete Early Gothic style after World War II. The nave and choir was rededicated in 1954, and the Round, the original nave, in 1958.
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