But, like all great travelers, the Knights Templar of the medieval period eventually required laying some roots, washing their socks, shining their armor, and perhaps building some palace or cathedral.
Famous examples of 13th-century Gothic and Romanesque structures can be found throughout Britain, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain.
Less well-known are the magnificent chapels and fortifications that he built in western Poland, where the Knights Templar and other Crusaders colonized the land and set out to weave their mythology into a delightful rural landscape.
A trip to the West Pomeranian region close to the border with Germany and the villages of Chvarszczny, Mylibroz and Rurka – an adventure destination where historical secrets are still to be revealed.
And, according to at least one local legend, it is here that the Holy Grail, the cup that Jesus Christ drank at the Last Supper and later drank his blood, can still be hidden.
Very few people use the road to Chwarzskai, a village lost between farms and forests, but those who live there. The village itself has a collection of faded homes with fewer than 100 inhabitants, who keep chickens and grow tomatoes in the summer.
The fields are laid out in a governing grid, a home built in the traditional German style, testament to the geopolitical upheavals that have plagued the region for centuries.
Time proof chapel
Archaeologists believe that there is a secret tunnel entrance under the chapel at Chvarzskai.
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It is here that the Templars established a place of worship.
Built of red bricks based on granite, the Chapel of St. Stanislas was built in 1232 in a secluded place.
The chapel is placed according to the rule, a complex codex that the knights followed in fear of exile from the fraternity. The building’s presence is defensible, with its high walls built to withstand attack, as well as cracks of time.
It is still used as a place of worship, although Chvarzskai has quiet matters on Sunday morning, usually around 30 parishioners gather inside the chapel in private prayer and Roman Catholic services. There are two restored murals on the walls.
The search is still being done here which sheds new light on the life and death of the knights and their incisors. The corpses of some of the knights in the lower part of the sanctuary of the chapel are themselves and a possible Clandestine passage.
Przemysław Kołowski, an archaeologist who worked to preserve the medieval heritage of Chvarzskoy, says that during excavations in 2019, researchers discovered more fortifications and a cemetery that used radar underground.
“Our GPR has unearthed a Gothic crypt with the remains of the Templar Knights under the chapel,” Kowlowski told CNN Travel. “According to legends and medieval documents, there was a well in the vicinity of the chapel. Rumor has it that the well serves as the entrance to a secret tunnel. It still requires a detailed archeological investigation”.
Indiana jones inspiration
The “Holy Grail” Chalisa was used as a prop in the film “Indian Jones and the Last Crusade”.
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The Knights Templar has long fascinated historians and archaeologists, partly due to the shadowy aspects of some of their practices.
Established in Jerusalem in the 12th century to protect the Holy Land pilgrims, the order became a powerful force throughout Europe, enjoying papal privileges, tax breaks, and lavish donations, capturing the mythical status.
He said he had become the Holy Grail and savior of the Ark of the Covenant, a chest said to be remnants of the 10 Commandments – stories that inspired the Indiana Jones films and Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code.” ” . “
“The Knights Templars Are Always Involved,” Italian author Umberto Eco wrote in his book “Foucault’s Pendulum”.
This has certainly occurred in Europe in the 12th and 13th centuries. In western Poland, the landowners decided to invite the knights to invite the knights in what was then known as the Poएierze Myliborski region.
When travel becomes possible, some tourists who make it to this beggar corner of northern Europe have local taverns Oborama Templum and Komondoria Chvorszeczny, thanks to a couple of accommodation options, now exclusively from neighboring Germany History is trying to attract Aficados and medievalists. . (Oberama Templeum Chwarszekny 3B; +48 792 241 731. Komandoria Chwarszczny Pokoje Gosin, Chwarszczny 3b.)
Political power struggles
One of the restored friezes in the Chwarszczany Chapel.
About 40 kilometers (25 mi) north of Chvarzskoy, another Romanesque-style building owes its existence to the medieval order.
The Temple of Knights in Rourka is a rough stone building that dates back to around 1250, built in the architectural style of the German Saxony region.
Sitting in a secluded woodland spot, Rurka Chapel was sold to private hands in 1999 and was closed for renovation.
Moving north-east, after 25 minutes of driving, passengers will be surrounded by Myiblibórz, a tight community of narrow lanes and forest and four lakes.
It is a delightful site, but the scene here is stolen by the city’s remarkably well-preserved fortifications, which today look as much as they probably did during the crusade.
The Knights Templar arrived in the city of Mysoreiborz in the 13th century.
Myzlibórz’s defensive architecture provides a glimpse into what life was like in the time of the Tallapars, when communities lived in fear of war and political power conflicts.
Historical documents place the Templar in Myślibórz from around 1238, when the land around the city was given to him by the local aristocracy, Duke Vladislav Odonik.
“Back in those days, the presence of the Knights Templar on this soil was a popular trend,” local historian, Marak Carololak, tells CNN Travel. “It is a time of crusade. The local rulers wanted to consolidate their power by inviting military orders to settle on their lands and make commanders.”
In medieval Europe, commanders were the smallest administrative units of land and property ruled by a military order.
“Research suggests that there were three commanders in the region: in Myiblibórz, in Chvárzázkány and in Rurka. The distance between them by horse was about four hours,” Karolzak says.
Novogrodzka Gate in Mysoreliborz. One of the main gates of the city.
The forts around My fortlibórz were built in the 13th and 14th centuries. The city has maintained its medieval urban plan, with a square in the middle. Around this marketplace is an 18th-century rathouse, or town hall, and housing.
Even today, the main entrances to the city are through two medieval portals, the Pirizka Gate and the Novogrozka Gate, built at the turn of the 13th and 14th centuries. Modern roads allow cars to enter the city through gates.
Within the fortifications stands a stone brick cylindrical tower, topped by the POWs.
Visitors should ask about a secret underground tunnel that runs beneath the city from the large church located at Market Square to the Dominican Monastery, which according to Karoligak was initially the location of the Templar Knights castle.
After the Tyler Knights were expelled from Myliboraj at the end of the 13th century, their mythical treasure disappeared.
Carololak states that according to local lore, the Templars found themselves pressed into a nearby lake.
“Legend says that the Templars, under the mantle of darkness, sank a wooden box with a gold coin and holy comb,” he says.
“The lake, which was located near the village of ąwikitki – owned by the Templars of the Knights – has dried up and the treasure has either been stolen or lost forever in the swamp.”