how fabulous. spain and the knights templar castle. i must go there.
Welcome to the medieval city of Ponferrada, home to the Castillo de los Templarios, or Knights Templar Castle.
Recently reopened for tourists and made into a national monument, the Castillo de los Templarios marks an important time in history. Officially endorsed in 1129 by the Catholic Church, the Order of the Knights Templar grew in membership and power. They were among the most skilled fighting units in the Crusades. By decree of King Fernando II in 1178, Ponferrada came under the protectorate of the Templar Order, however the power of the Knights Templar, coupled with their esoteric traditions, caused them to be outlawed only 134 years later, in 1312.
The castle of the Templar knights of Ponferrada is a stunning building.
It was originally a hill-fort and later a Roman citadel. At the beginning of the 12th century, the Templar knights took possession of the fortress and reinforced and…
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