Temple Church History

The Temple Church is one of the most historic and beautiful churches in London. Use the left-margin tool-bar to read its story, period by period. Here are eight hundred years of history: from the Crusaders in the 12th century, through the turmoil of the Reformation and the founding father of Anglican theology, to some of the most famous church music in London, week by week – music which we invite you to come and hear when you are next within striking distance of the Temple.

The Church was built by the Knights Templar, the order of crusading monks founded to protect pilgrims on their way to and from Jerusalem in the 12th century. The Church is in two parts: the Round and the Chancel. The Round Church was consecrated in 1185 by the patriarch of Jerusalem. It was designed to recall the holiest place in the Crusaders’ world: the circular Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. It is a numinous space – and has a wonderful acoustic for singing.

For more history scroll down to time line.

The Temple Church lies ‘off street’ between Fleet Street and the River Thames, in an ‘oasis’ of ancient buildings, courtyards and gardens. To make sure that you find you way to the Church, you may like to check Directions before visiting us.

The Church is generally open on Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs and Fri, 10am-4pm. We would not want you to be disappointed by finding the Church closed; if you are planning a visit, you may like to contact the Verger first, Matthew Power, 020 7353 3470, verger@templechurch.com, or click here for opening times.

We hope to see you here soon!