The gate of heaven (1162)
Re-presenting the Holy Sepulchre (1162)
Built for a king’s burial (1240)
Singing to God’s glory
The Temple in our time
Welcome to the Temple Church, this prayerful and beautiful place, steeped in the history of Christendom, this country and the whole Common Law World. 1162: the Round Church was built to be London’s Jerusalem. 1214–19: Magna Carta was negotiated in the Temple, and its greatest hero was buried in the Church. 1584, 1776, 1787: from Raleigh’s expeditions through the colonial constitutions to the American Declaration of Independence and Constitution, the Temple was the birthplace of American Law. And to this day the Church serves the legal colleges Inner and Middle Temple, London’s residents, visiting jurists and travellers from all over the world with some of the most uplifting services, music and discussions in London.
How can so ancient a building be equipped to serve the modern age in prayer and praise and engagement with the pressing socio-legal challenges facing Britain and the wider world? Through Restoration & Renewal: Equipping the Temple Church for the next 100 Years, a major programme of refurbishment and repair, energised and supported by The Friends of the Temple Church.
Everything we do is now streamed. Do join us, in person or online, for a service or concert or event – or simply to visit this calm and ancient building in the therapeutic beauty of the Temple.
Robin Griffith-Jones Master of the Temple
Mark Hatcher Reader of the Temple
Friday 17 September
The Church is usually open Mon–Fri, 10.00am–4.00pm
Fridays, 1.10pm–1.50pm: Talk: From the Templars to Today – The Temple Church (Starting in October)
For up-to-date sightseeing hours, see what's on in summary below
Admission for Sightseeing
£5.00 | £3.00 | Free to children, the Inns’ members, Inns and Chambers staff, and their guests.
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Next Choral Service: Choral Mattins, Sunday 3 October, 11.15am
All our services are live-streamed on the Church’s YouTube Channel