Known as the Knights Templar is an ancient and powerful Christian military order that existed during the Middle Ages, officially called the Order of the Poor Companions of Christ and the Temple of Solomon or the Order of the Temple.
The Knights Templar, as a military order, was active for almost two centuries in Europe. It arose as a consequence of the need to protect the Christians who pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Jerusalem, after their conquest in the First Crusade.
The order of the Knights Templar was founded in 1118 or 1119 by several French knights, whose leader was Hugo de Payns. Although it was not until 1129, at the Council of Troyes, when it was officially approved by the Catholic Church.
The order had a rapid rise in terms of size and power, especially thanks to the Crusades, and managed to manage a complex economic structure. In addition, he built fortifications and defensive structures along the Mediterranean Sea and the Holy Land.
The Knights Templar were characterized by being very well trained for battle. Its distinctive sign was a white mantle with a cross kicked in red.
The Knights Templar, however, would disappear abruptly in 1312 by order of Pope Clement V. Different factors influenced it. On the one hand, the loss of Jerusalem subtracted support for the order, on the other, they were victims of accusations of heresy, and, finally, their economic power earned them powerful enemies, such as Philip IV of France, heavily indebted to the order.
In fact, Felipe IV will accuse them of heresy, persecute them, torture them and force them to confess to later burn them at the stake.
To this day, the fact that the order has been erased so abruptly from the map raises suspicions about the true causes that will have led to an end.