On the Templier Route, from Sergeac to Syria, today and 800 years ago in a time machine 🚀
On the Templier Route, walking through ‘Krak des Chevaliers’ fortress in Syria lends the feeling of being within the walls of our own Chateau Cramirat, which is miles away in France. Both share similar architectural elements, like the central rounded tower, typical arches, tiled floors, stone structures devoid of any timber construction, paved walkways, arrow slits, ghostly stone faces, commemorative plaques, and machicolation for protection and fortification. These create one home that transcends time and space. They say knights travel on this route, from here all the way there and back again, on the Templers Route.
Templar architecture creates a unique look-and-feel by using typical stylized elements, many of which are still noticeable today in our Château Cramirat, built c. 1220.
In ancient times, orders such as the Knights Templar and Knights Hospitaller had numerous properties strewn across Europe en route to the Holy Land, forming an intricate web that functioned as an operational infrastructure. This grid was also a key channel for inspiring and spreading the orders’ values in distant lands, passing their code along the points on the network to create uniformity in perception and mission. While many of the orders’ philosophical tenets have not survived, clues to their aesthetic concepts can be identified today in their ancient architecture. Made up of many units, it creates the sense of one familiar and welcoming home.