The Masonic Initiation Wells of the Quinta da Regaleira

The Masonic Initiation Wells of the Quinta da Regaleira

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By M R Reese


The article wrongly states the date of the suppression of the Templars as 1181. This is an error. The beginning of the suppression of the Order was on Friday, October 13th, 1307. The Order was officially dissolved by the Pope in 1312. The Order of Christ, which was the successor to the Templars in Portugal, was founded in 1318.

aprilholloway's picture

Yes, this was a typo. Many thanks for pointing it out. It has been updated now.

The templars were dissolved by the pope so that the roman church could take over the masons, and make it a secret organization of their own.

Do you even know history. The Templars were subject to the Pope anyway. The Pope responsible was in the pocket of the King of France. That King wanted the Templar wealth for himself, as well as debts owed to them to vanish. Freemasons didn't even yet exist at the time of the suppression of the Templars. Why did the Catholic church prohibit and I believe still prohibits membership in masonry for it's members if it is a Vatican controlled organization? Try reading a book and engaging in critical thinking.

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That is beautiful and amazing architecture.

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