Today In History : January 13, 2022
On This Day In History
On January 13, 1128, Pope Honorius II granted a papal sanction to the military order known as the Knights Templar, declaring it to be an army of God.
The Knights Templar organization was founded in 1118. Its mission was to protect Christian pilgrims on their way to and from the Holy Land during the Crusades, which were military expeditions aimed at defeating Muslims in Palestine. The Templar was dissolved in 1312.
Over the centuries,there have been many myths and legends about the Templars. A belief has been promoted that the knights may have discovered holy relics at Temple Mount, including the Holy Grail, the Ark of the Covenant, or parts of the cross the crucifixion. Stories surrounding the secrets of the Templars have inspired various books and movies, including the novel and film “The Da Vinci Code.”