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Discover Paris in the spring, Caen in Normandy and its marvellous markets plus Yvoire, a picturesque village on the edge of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. Explore Saint-Omer, a historic city in the far north that's full of secrets and treasures, and Evian, where Frankenstein's monster stayed! Head with us to Metz in Lorraine to find out about its incredible past, La Couvertoirade, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the UNESCO heritage of Avignon. Guides, gorgeous photos, what's new in France, the best tours and delicious recipes from the legendary Le Nôtre bakery in Paris - and more.

Discover Paris in the spring, Caen in Normandy and its marvellous markets plus Yvoire, a picturesque village on the edge of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. Explore Saint-Omer, a historic city in the far north that's full of secrets and treasures, and Evian, where Frankenstein's monster stayed! Head with us to Metz in Lorraine to find out about its incredible past, La Couvertoirade, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the UNESCO heritage of Avignon. Guides, gorgeous photos, what's new in France, the best tours and delicious recipes from the legendary Le Nôtre bakery in Paris - and more.

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The Knights Templar

The Knights Templar was a military

organisation of devout Christians founded

in 1118. They originally formed with the

aim of protecting pilgrims journeying

to the Holy Land and in 1129, they were

endorsed by Bernard of Clairvaux, a

prominent French abbot who became

a saint, Ten years later Pope Innocent II

© TripUSAFrance gave the Templars special rights including

exemption from paying taxes and only

answering to the authority of the Pope.

Members swore an oath of poverty, chastity, and obedience. The Templars became a

wealthy and influential group with a network of banks which lent money to royal families

and the aristocracy. They owned a sizeable fleet of ships and land, built numerous castles

and became a powerful army. Almost 200 years after they began, the Templars were

dissolved by Pope Clement V and some of their assets were passed to the Hospitalier

Knights. Mystery surrounds the history of the Templars and continues to fascinate to

this day. In the 18th century the Freemasons revived some of their symbols, rituals and

traditions. Some believe that the Templars are still in existence and they were a key part

of Dan Brown’s popular book The Da Vinci Code…

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