Even More Magna Carta

A Church and a Cathedral

As we’ve seen so far in my reviews of Magna Carta exhibitions, there are some common themes. A strong story emerges when institutions focus more on what they have (Society of Antiquaries, Hereford) than on trying to tell a much bigger story (British Library, Durham).

One of the key Magna Carta sites is the Temple Church in London, somewhere I have always wanted to visit, and when better than the anniversary year of Magna Carta? As its name implies, it is an ancient church, originally the church of the Knights Templars, tucked away within the Inns of Court. Its plan can be described as keyhole shaped, the original round Templar church being augmented by a chancel. I was happy to pay the £5 entry fee – these ancient buildings need upkeep and it is a special place architecturally, interesting in itself even without the Magna Carta connection.


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