Vert-Galant public garden

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  • The memorial of the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar

    On March 18, 1314, Jacques de Molay, the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, was burned alive in the small patch of land that is now the Vert-Galant garden. A commemorative plaque has been attached to a wall nearby by freemasons. Will you be able to find it ?

The place

This lovely small public garden at the west end of the Île de la Cité has a very nice view of the Louvre Palace, the Hôtel de la Monnaie and the cupola of the Institut. You can observe chestnut trees and swans.

A famous 1950 Robert Doisneau photography features the Vert-Galant garden.

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  • Opening hours - Opens at 8am (week days), 9am (weekend and holidays) - Closes at 5pm (winter), 7.30pm (spring), 8.30pm (summer), 6pm (autumn)
  • The Grand Masters of the Knights Templar - Although the title "Grand Master" was not used for most of the Order's lifetime, but only as its very end, it is now widely used to design the supreme commander of the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon (also known as the Knights Templar) between 1129 when it was founded ans 1312 when it was dismantled. The position was generally held for life, and the "Grand Master" was in charge of overseeing all the Order's operations, whether military or financial.
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