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CHARLES G. ADDISON, ESQ. The history of the Knights Templars, Temple Church, and the Temple

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CHARLES G. ADDISON, ESQ.
The history of the Knights Templars, Temple Church, and the Temple
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Tyre, in the territory of the ancient tribe of Asher. The hill-fort Dok, between Bethel and Jericho. The castles of La Cave, Marie, Citern Rouge, Castel Blanc, Trapesach, Somuielleria of the Temple, in the neighbourhood of Acca, now St. John d'Acre. Castrum Planorum, and a place called Gerinum Parvum.* The Templars purchased the castle of Beaufort and the city of Sidon ;f they also got into their hands a great part of the town of St. Jean d'Acre, where they erected their famous temple, and almost all Palestine was in the end divided between them and the Hospitallers of Saint John. 2. THE PRINCIPALITT OF ANTIOCH.—The principal houses of the Temple in this province were at Antioch itself, at Aleppo, Ha ram, &c. 3. THE PRINCIPALITY OF TRIPOLI.—The chief establishments herein were at Tripoli, at Tortosa, the ancient Antaradus ; Castel-blanc in the same neighbourhood ; Laodicea and Beyrout,—all under the immediate superintendence of the Preceptor of Tripoli. Besides these castles, houses, and fortresses, the Templars possessed farms and large tracts of land, both in Syria and Palestine. The western nations or provinces, on the other hand, from whence the order derived its chief power and wealth, were, 1. APULIA AND SICILY, the principal houses whereof were at Palermo, Syracuse, Lentini, Butera, and Trapani. The house of the Temple at this last place has been appropriated to the use of some monks of the order of St. Augustin. In a church of the city is still to be seen the celebrated statue of the Virgin, which Brother Guerrege and three other Knights Templars brought * Marin. Sannt,p. 221. Bernard Thetaur. p. 768. Badulph CàggUshale, p. 249. Ilovedcn, p. 636. Kadulph de Diceto, ut sup. p. 623. Matt. Par. p. 142. Italia sacra, tom.iii. p. 407. t Tunc Julianas Pommus Sydonis vcndidit Sydonem et Belio,t Templariis, Marin. Sanut, cap, vi. p. 221.


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