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The Knights Templar in Midi-Pyrenees, France
With the Crusades in the Holy Land lost to Saladin, leader of the Muslims, the Knights Templar were forced to flee. They went to the port city of Acre and remained until 1291, when they were then forced off shore. Their influence fading away in the Near East, they were nevertheless still busy networking in Europe, and today there is plenty of evidence of their history there. A drive through the French Larzac and Midi-Pyrenees regions will find many Templar sites to visit, including fortresses that exist in ruins, but also some intact fortified towns.

© Elizabeth Willoughby 2013

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