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Published March 8, 2017

Ultimate URBEX: Secret Knights Templar Church Hidden In Farmers Field

The Knights Templar, also known simply as Templars, were a Christian military order founded in 1119 and active until 1312. The order, which was among the wealthiest and most powerful of the middle ages, became a favored charity throughout Christendom and grew rapidly in membership and power.

Most recognize the Templar knights by their distinctive white mantles with a red cross, but there was also a large non-combatant membership that managed a vast economic infrastructure not unlike a modern business corporation.

Today, the Templars are generally regarded as villains, misguided zealots, or representatives of an evil secret society.

Of keen interest is legends of long-lost Templars treasure. A few years ago, a man-made cavern was discovered hiding beneath a farmer’s field in Shropshire, England. At that time, the only access to this cavern was through a tiny rabbit hole, but after some recent excavation, explorers discovered a unseen temple not used since the Knights themselves held court there.

Amazingly well preserved after 700 years since being carved out of the earth, it has been speculated that the order used this temple as a place to hide, plot, worship, and scheme away from prying eyes. The shape of the cavern is thought to mirror the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, found in Jerusalem.

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