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Templar castle for sale — cheap!

By May 20, 2009

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Château de La Jarthe in France, once a refuge for Knights Templar, is up for sale at the altogether reasonable asking price of 5.775 million euro (about $7.85 million). No, seriously, I think $8 million for a treasured historical building is a steal. We can hope that whoever buys it is sincerely interested in the facts of its history and those of the Templars, but I fear it will end up in the hands of someone more interested in exploiting it for its connection to Templar myth and perfectly willing to perpetuate the sh bucket loads of misinformation popularized by books and films like The Da Vinci Code.

Hey, I never said I was an optimist. But I do hope my fears are groundless.

Find out more about the Château de La Jarthe at the Raising the Roof Blog at NYTimes.com. And if you're interested in the facts about Templar history, and I hope that you are, check out our Knights Templar resources.

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May 21, 2009 at 7:45 am
(1) Julian says:

if it’s still up for sale by the time i save up $8million, i’m totally buying it

May 21, 2009 at 10:58 pm
(2) TarheelChief says:

One would hope the Church would purchase the castle.

May 22, 2009 at 10:13 am
(3) James Yelvington says:

Why would a purchase by “the Church” enhance this Templar castle ? They only just declared that the Templars were unjustly accused (2008). Billions and billions served, but the Roman Catholic church as landlords would be all wrong. I vote “blah” ! (UNLESS — you meant the ANGLICAN Church) Aha! There’s a tasteful crew!

They’d definitely keep it from being gaudy, over-gilted, or full of glass-eyed baby-doll statues wearing crowns all over the place. And tea time – did I mention tea time ? “Would you care for cake with your tea ?”

August 20, 2011 at 1:40 am
(4) Julie says:

The Church? As if there is only one church? The Catholic Church is who ordered the Knights Templar to be killed. I think the “church” owns enough.

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