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Travels of a Templar
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The Last Resting Place of Jacques de Molay
Paris


Plaque on the bridge Pont-Neuf above gardens.
I went to Paris recently to visit the last resting place of Jacques de Molay.

Jacques de Molay was the 23rd and last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, leading the Order from 20 April 1292 until it was dissolved by Pope Clement V in 1307, after he and many other Templars were arrested and tortured into making false confessions.

When Jacques de Molay later retracted his confession, he was sentenced to death by burning without a hearing for being a lapsed heretic. Philip le Belle, King of France had him slowly burnt on a scaffold on an island called Isle des Juifs in the River Seine in Paris, in March 1314. On the same Island as Notre Dame, Jacques de Molay ashes were collected by the asembled crowd who regarded the Templars as Martyrs and their remains as relics.

Jacques de Molay cursed Philip Le Belle and Pope Clement with his dying breath warning them that, within a year and a day, the Pope and Philip would be obliged to answer for their crimes in God's presence. Philip and Clement V both died within a year of Molay's execution, Clement finally succumbing to a long illness on 20 April 1314, and Philip in a hunting accident.

A standing information metal sign in the entrance to the garden The view from the point of the island garden On the garden grass
  
View of the whole garden View from the bridge Pont-Neuf