June 29 @ 11:00am – 1:00pm – Salem, Massachusetts
The Knights Templar were founded in 1118 CE to protect European pilgrims traveling to Jerusalem after it had been conquered in the crusades. For the next 200 years they grew in power, wealth, and importance, and built numerous castles, commanderies, and even entire towns throughout Europe and the Middle East. In 1307 the Templars were arrested on trumped-up charges so that the Pope and the King of France could seize their wealth and lands. But the romantic legend of the warrior monks has persisted to the present day, and has inspired many—including the founders of Ordo Templi Orientis.
This presentation will be richly illustrated with photographs of Templar sites from Lita and Vere’s travels in Israel, France, England and Spain. Click here for more details.