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The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon, commonly known as the Knights Templar or the Order of the Temple were among the most famous of the Western Christian military orders. The organization existed for approximately two centuries in the Middle Ages. It was founded in the aftermath of the First Crusade of 1096, its original purpose to ensure the safety of the many Europeans who made the pilgrimage to Jerusalem after its conquest.

Officially endorsed by the Roman Catholic Church around 1129, the Order became a favored charity across Europe and grew rapidly in membership and power. Templar knights, in their distinctive white mantles each with a red cross, were among the most skilled fighting units of the Crusades. Non-combatant members of the Order managed a large economic infrastructure throughout Christendom, innovating financial techniques that were an early form of banking, and building many fortifications across Europe and the Holy Land.

The Templar Seal

The Templar Seal
SIGILLVM MILITVM XPISTI - "The Seal of the Knights of Christ."

Cross Pattee

Cross Pattee
Templare Geaer bearing the Cross Pattée.

Cross Pattee Alisee

Cross Pattee Alisee
Templar gear bearing the Cross Pattee Alisee.

Wax Templar Seal

Wax Templar Seal
The Templar Seal as a wax relief.


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