THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR IN SPAINLondon Regalia 2
THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR IN SPAIN
The Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa marked a turning point in Spanish Christian history. So Christian forces started to overwhelm the Muslim caliphate. The Knights Templar were at the forefront of the long wars between the Muslim rulers of the southern half of the Iberian peninsula and what is now Spain and Portugal.
Rival rulers in Al-Andalus caused weakness and division, which the crusaders, including Templar knights, took advantage of. Once again, the war ended in favor of Christians. The templars were traveling in Europe because they travel free in any country in Europe like France, England, etc.
Spain’s Templar castles are among the most impressive of the order. Templars left several castles in Spain.
Castle of Miravet:
The medieval castle of Miravet is one of the best examples of the architecture of the Order of the Templars in Europe. It is situated in Rive Ebro. The Castle’s original building is Arab. It was built in the defensive style of the castle Terra Santa. After its conquest in 1153, this building is property of the Christian and Ramon Berenguer IV gave it to Pere de Rovira, master of the Knights Templar.
Castle of Monzón:
The castle was given to the Knights Templar at the end of the 11th century. So It became one of their most important lands. In 1143, the Knights Templar took over the castle. It was converted into a convent by their soldier-monks. It’s complete with military Cistercian structures. The future King of Aragon got his primary education here.
Castle of Ponferrada:
Firstly it was one of the largest fort of Spain in the Middle Ages. In other words the castle is build very complex military structure. It was designed in a polygonal shape. If you visit the castle, you will travel back in time to a medieval period where Spanish Knights.
Castle of Montalbán:
The Templars must have reformed the Castle of Montalbán by the middle of the 12th century. It is situated in the province of Toledo, Spain. The Castle stands 100 meters above the Torcón river.