Temple Church, Inner Temple, Fleet Street, EC4Y
After escaping from the police at Biggin Hill, they speed towards Fleet Street in Teabing’s limousine in search of a knight’s tomb they believe to contain the Holy Grail. They think the crypt is located in Temple Church, in the grounds of the Inner Temple – one of London’s great medieval Inns of Court. Sandwiched between the Thames and Fleet Street, the Inner Temple’s church and gardens are open for visitors.
Built in the 12th century by the Knights Templar - a congregation of warrior priests who were sworn to protect pilgrims on their way to and from Jerusalem – the building is unusual for its original round layout, rather than the customary cross (the chancel was added later). It was built in the image of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem – the destination of pilgrims in the Holy Land. The novel suggests that crusaders discovered evidence of descendents of Jesus after they conquered Jerusalem in 1099, setting up the Knights Templar to guard the secret.
On the floor of the round part of the church lie the effigies of ten knights, which are heroes erroneously believe to be tombs. They are interrupted at gunpoint by the albino Silas, but when Langdon threatens to throw the keystone to the ground – Rémy, Teabing’s butler, reveals himself, also toting a pistol...
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BBC Singers/St James's Baroque
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Friday 20th December 2013 - 7pm-9pm
David Hill conducts Handel's Messiah. With soprano Ruby Hughes, counter-tenor David Allsopp, tenor Robin Tritschler and bass Neal Davies bass....
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