Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tracking the Knights Templar in Sardinia

I'm carrying out some in-depth research on Sardinia's stormy past and on the mysterious traces left by the Knights Templar. Until now, I knew they might have quickly travelled the island while guarding Christian pilgrims in their journey to and from Jerusalem, but now I'm discovering scenarios I wasn't certainly aware of.

Who said Sardinia's attractions are clustered in its coasts? The mainland reeks of ancestral spirit, primeval fears and needs, and thousand-year-old heritage sites belonging to Sardinian lost civilisation. Professor Ross Holloway has effectively observed "Sardinia's is a landscape frozen in time."

Recent studies have claimed that Sardinia can be the place that Greek philosopher Plato described when writing about the mysterious lost civilisation named Atlantis, and after a quick look at the island's tangled history, we can by all means think we still have much to discover.

I've always been fascinated by the history of Free Masonry, and researching it, I've often stumbled across the Templars. It's difficult to imagine monks that were warriors too, but those were dark times, the darkest memories the Catholic Church can hold.

Studying the passage of the Templars in Sardinia, I found many traces, mainly churches and hospitals (there was the Hospitalliers Order), and they all give evidence that these medieval knights quite liked this desolate Mediterranean land. Was it because of the benefits of its mild temperatures? Or because of its strategic position between the two worlds (East and West) and so crucial to their businesses?

What sparks my love for history is not just my will to find out where we come from, but to discover little by little that the findings don't belong just to the past, but they are everywhere in our lives. The flag, symbols of regional councils: they are connected with an untaught history and are part of our daily routine more than we expect.

5 comments:

Historical Travel said...

Yes - in order to understand who we are, we need to understand where we came from.

Jack - eyeflare travel tips said...

Quite often, in very old places, I get this rush of emotion thinking about what's gone before me. Love seeing things that are hundreds or thousands of years old because of it.

AngelaCorrias said...

By all means, understanding where we come from is vital to underdstand where we are and especially where we are going!

I get that rush, too, Jack. I think it's the love for history version of the Stendhal syndrome?

Carrie said...

Terrific post Angela. I love learning about history and the Knights Templar are definitely one of my favorite subjects to read about, along with ancient Chinese civilization - I've got a thing for dynasties, emperors, and the Empress Dowager. :)

AngelaCorrias said...

Thanks Carrie, I must say, this research is turning very fascinating. I understand your love for ancient Chinese civilisation, it was very rich, I'd love to read something about it in your website!

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