Today we were off to discover Medieval Paris and the Templars. I had yet to learn what exactly templars were! Templars - officially endorsed by the Catholic Church around 1129 - were among the most wealthy and powerful of the Western Christian military orders and were among the most prominent actors of the Christian finance. The organization existed for nearly two centuries during the Middle Ages.
Walking through an area often ignored by visitors, we came across the oldest house in Paris, built by the alchemist Nicolas Flamel. We heard the story of the Order of the Knights' Templar, their links to the area, and their spectacular downfall.
We listened to stories of the famous inventor Blaise Pascal and why his statue stands at the foot of the St Jacques' tower, recently restored to its former splendour.
We visit the spot where Henry IV was assassinated by the mad monk Ravaillac in 1610 and discovered traces in Les Halles of the Innocents, once the largest cemetery in the capital. I was now walking on the very spot I had read about this past summer in a book entitled "Pure".
The tour ended at the intriguing Saint Merri Church which houses the oldest bell in Paris, cast in 1331.