The Knights Templar are the focus of many conspiracy and alternative history theories. After their finding during the First Crusade they quickly rose to unrivaled strength. Then after two centuries they were destroyed almost overnight from their position of European strength. They were accused of heresy and immorality and their tale was thought to end with their suppression, particularly by those whose positions of power had been enriched by the Order. But were they in fact obliterated? There is some evidence that they were able to continue secretly.
The last three hundred years have seen the Templar story linked to many features that lie at the core of the western esoteric tradition. The secret nature of the Order of knights known as the Knights Templar has led to many feeling they can reasonably connect the organization with any and all areas of the occult and other mysterious occurrences and events. A few of the more famous historical enigmas that are reproducedly thrown into this mix are the Turin Shroud, the Holy Grail and the Ark of the Covenant, all of which are said to have links back to the Knights Templar.
The majority of historians do not agree with the idea that the Knights Templar continued as an effective organization for very long beyond the day their destruction was ordered. In many instances historians are in fact justified to assert that the Order played no further part. This is because claims about the Knights Templar are numerous in modern times and many of these, although not all, are complete rubbish.
The Templars were such a mysterious organization with so many unanswered questions that they can be used to fill any gap that has some form of mystery linked to it. They themselves had an obsession with confidentiality making it very difficult for historians to place all of the pieces of the puzzle together. With such a lack of available information it's easy to assume they had a hidden agenda.
The effects of the Knights Templar on European history have been examined comprehensively by researchers and contributors to Temple of Mysteries. There are many sites that are known to be Knights Templar in origin, or are tagged to be so, that we have explored or plan to do so in the future. Ranging from the Order's headquarters in Scotland; a peaceful village named Temple to many sites throughout Europe and even in North America.