Templar Maps

On the website templiers.net a host of templar sites in France and their history is described in great detail. The same is true for the Project Beauceant website on templiers.org. Regrettably, these websites differ in detail, number and location of commanderies presented. Furthermore, locating the indicated sites on modern maps is hardly possible in the first case and rather difficult in the second.

Therefore, TemplarsNow has started a project which will pinpoint the geographical location of Templar sites in France. TemplarsNow has earlier done a similar job for The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.

The French maps are being constructed by combining the information of both websites mentioned above and plotting it on modern Google-satellite maps, one per Department. In the process, the geographical location of each site is checked on the Cassini-map and other sources on the internet if necessary.
Primary source is the templiers.net website. Additional information is used from the templiers.org website and from other sources on the internet. The site description on the maps uses snippits of text (for now in French) and photographs, mainly from the templiers.net website. Other sources such as the French Wikipedia websites, and other sources mentioned therein, are used as cross reference and for additional information. If such information is presented, the sources are indicated.

The illustration above presents a part of the resulting map for the Creuse Department (23). All completed maps are to be found on this dedicated page.

On the maps four types of Templar sites are distinguished:
  1. major actual Templar site which at present holds buildings and/or ruins dating 12th to 14th century
  2. actual Templar site which at present holds buildings and/or ruins woth a purpose similar to Templar times
  3. historical Templar site where as yet no remains are found but of which the former Templar presence can be inferred from toponymes etc
  4. historical Templar site which is mentioned in the sources but whereof no Templar traces whatsoever remain in the field
The symbols used for each category are:

category 1
category 2
category 3
category 4

Obviously these new TemplarNow maps could not have been made without the information provided by the websites http://templiers.net and http://templiers.org as well as aditional sources. Therefore these maps should mainly be seen as the elaborated and augmented representation and visualisation of the great work of others.

The as yet available departmental maps are indicated on the map below by a small Templar cross. They can be opened by the links below the map.

This map shows the pre-2016 Regional boundaries. source map

For now maps for the following Departments are available:

03 Allier
10 Aube
11 Aude
12 Aveyron
15 Cantal
18 Cher

19 Corrèze
21 Côte d'Or
23 Creuse
26 Drôme
34 Hérault
36 Indre

38 Isère
42 Loire
46 Lot
48 Lozère
52 Haute-Marne
58 Nièvre

63 Puy de Dôme
69 Rhône
71 Saône et Loire
81 Tarn
87 Haute-Vienne
89 Yonne



Source: Sporen van de Tempelieren in Nederland - http://www.tempelieren.nl - © Ben Brus 2003-2012


source: Jan Hosten 2006: De tempeliers - de tempelorde tijdens de kruistochten en in de Lage Landen" (in Dutch, translation title: The Knights Templar - the Order of the Temple during the crusades and in the Low Lands); ISBN-13 978-90-430-1061-0; Publ Pearson Education Benelux, Amsterdam

Knight Templar Commanderies in Europe ca 1300 source 


Commanderies of the Johanniter Order 1300 source

Commanderies of several Knights Orders in Switserland   source 

Jerusalem AD 958-1052, according to the Arab geographers; from from Palestine Under the Muslims: A Description of Syria and the Holy Land from AD 650 to 1500, by Guy Le Strange, London 1890, in Wikipedia

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