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[31 Mar 2010 | One Comment | ]

With the death of Bohemond VII in October of 1287, the rightful heir apparent of Tripoli was Bohemond’s sister Lucia, who resided in Italy. The leaders of the area wanted no part of an absent leader and offered the helm to Sibylla of Armenia, who accepted and tried to install Bishop Bartholomew, whom the Templars held in great contempt for earlier political reasons.

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In 335 AD St. Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine, is said to have discovered the Sacred Cave, where Jesus Christ was buried following His crucifixion on Golgotha. Interestingly enough this location was the very same site of an earlier temple dedicated to the goddess Venus.

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To understand the Templar connection to the island of Cyprus it is first necessary to briefly look at those events that led up to the Third Crusade.

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Many who have read accounts of how Templars, fleeing the French oppression of 1307, set the fleet towards Portugal where they joined the newly formed “Order of Christ” are left with the impression that the “Order of Christ” had been established with the express objective of offering sanctuary to the Templars.

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A video by Dom Gil Martins on the Knights Templar / Knights of Christ property in Tomar Portugal.

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This video differentiates between the Dome of Rock Qubbat Al-Sakhrah Mosque and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, both found in The Noble Sanctuary (Temple Mount).

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Traditional history tells us that Hugues de Payens and Geoffrey de St. Omer arrived at the palace of King Baldwin II with the desire to defend Christian pilgrims from the attack of the infidels. While this is a romantic notion, there seems to be strong evidence that de Payens was already in the holy land and in fact may have served in the army of Godfroi de Boullion during the First Crusade.

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In the two centuries of their formal existence the Knights Templar served under 23 Grand Masters. It is Jacques de Molay however, whom is best known with the possible exception of the orders founder, Hughes de Payens.

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Jacques Bernard de Molai (or de Molay), a native of Burgundy, was born in the year 1243, and his life and times are of deep interest to Masons, and especially to Knights Templar, owing to the fact of his being the last Grand Master of the Order of Templars, together with his heroic martyrdom for the cause to which he had devoted practically his entire life.

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While history certainly shows that the Templars were dissolved in 1312 with the papal bull Vox in Excelso, there exists a manuscript – largely discredited by historians – which purports to be a list of the Grand Masters of the Templars following the death of Jacques de Molay in 1314.