This week’s MotD theme: Temples
British professional photographer Chris Christodoulou captured this wonderful panoramic shot of the round nave of the Temple Church in London. What a beautiful structure. It’s said that the acoustics are perfect for singing; of which this church today has one of the finest choirs in England.
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.
The Temple Church is a late 12th-century church in the City of London located between Fleet Street and the River Thames, built by the Knights Templar as their English headquarters. During the reign of King John (1199–1216) it served as the royal treasury, supported by the role of the Knights Templars as proto-international bankers. It is jointly owned by the Inner Temple and Middle Temple Inns of Court, bases of the English legal profession. It is famous for being a round church, a common design feature for Knights Templar churches, and for its 13th and 14th century stone effigies. It was heavily damaged by German bombing during World War II and has since been greatly restored and rebuilt.
A view of the front entrance to Temple Church from Panoramio.com
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Inspiration for Today
While this church’s rich history has lots to offer and worthy of further review, today’s mandala encourages us to sing our song, to sing from our hearts. And even if it’s only in the shower, let us lift our spirits, let us raise our voices in song!
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