Founded by the Templars in the early 12thC this is the best preserved Commanderie in France. The Templars settled in Arville around 1128-30. As well as being a religious centre, the Commanderie was self sufficient and grew all its own food. It also served as a recruitment and training centre for Knights about to depart for the Holy Land. The Templars lived here until 1307 until their arrest for Heresy as part of the Albigensian (or Cathar) crusade.
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