La commanderie templière d'Avalleur, 9 siècles d'histoire

Religion ,  Chapel at Bar-sur-Seine

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  • Avalleur Commandery, 9 centuries of history

    Located on the plateau overlooking Bar-sur-Seine, the Templar Commandery of Avalleur is a historic complex of great interest for the department of Aube and for the history of Champagne.
    Between Burgundy and Champagne the land at Avalleur was given to the Order of the Temple before 1142. The Commandery was organized and developed until 1300, date of the last donation from which it benefitted.

    When on March 22, 1312 Pope Clement V pronounced the suppression of the Order of the Temple, he ordered that their property be returned to the Hospitallers. The latter took possession of Avalleurs lands, but the domain remains managed in the same way. The Avalleur Commandery is one of the richest commanderies of the Order. In the 13th century, its expansion involved a dozen villages and its possessions extend to the gates of Troyes.

    On February 8, 1520 during the management of the Hospitallers, the commandery expanded by associating with the commanderies of Arrentières, Lévigny and Thors, located to the north-east of Avalleur.
    After the Revolution and its acts of vandalism, the Commandery became national property and passed into the hands of farmers. In the main building, two towers and the sheepfold are destroyed. The farm buildings are also successively reworked.

    One of the few Templar ensembles in France :
    Despite these few alterations, the architectural interest of Avalleur Commandery is undeniable. The Chapel, miraculously intact, with its painted decorations and its beautiful timber framework, is a typical example of a Templar nave of the East of France. As for the main building, the examination of its walls revealed that they date, for the most part, from its origin, which makes Avalleur Commandery one of the rare French ensembles preserved from the Templar period.

    Avalleur at the heart of a major European cultural itinery project :
    In 2012, Aube dedicated its cultural year to the Knights Templar, whose central event was the exhibition “Templars, a story, our treasure” organized by the County Council. It was during the international conference of this event that the Aubois and the Portuguese evoked for the first time, the possibility of creating a European Cultural Route of the Knights Templar. While the department of Aube represents the “Alpha” of the road, the cradle of the Knights Templar, the city of Tomar, in Portugal, constitutes the “Omega”, the longest surviving place of the Order.

    In 2014 to commemorate the 700 years of the death at the stake of Jacques de Molay, last grand master of the Order of the Temple, Aube and Tomar decided to unite around the theme of the Knights Templar and created a European Cultural Route (ICE) entitled “Templar Route”.

    In 2016, the Templars Route European Federation was created to carry the project. Its purpose is to bring together the territories and institutions of the Council of Europe member states, such as the states, local authorities and associations that have been marked by the presence of the Knights Templar. The ambition of the associations is eventually to be recognized by the Council of Europe and be labelled “European Cultural Route” by offering a heritage and cultural experience in the footsteps of the famous Templars.

    The Members :
    The Department of Aube, the city of Tomar in Portugal, the city of Ponferrada in Spain, the city of Perugia in Italy and Temple Church in England.
    The association already has 5 new applications for membership for 2019.

    The news of the European association :
    With the first European tour “Templars Route” in Aube (awareness-raising trip of tour operators and European agencies) last October, the network and its partners are working for the development of sustainable cultural tourism. This year the education will be organized in Tomar, Portugal.
    In terms of research and scientific development two events are to be remembered: the international conference “ The Orders of the Holy Land” in Perugia in November 2019 and the international conference of the ninth centenary of the Order of the Temple in Troyes, November 2020. Meanwhile the curious can wait with the new publication of Valerie Alanièce and François Gilet, both members of the Templar Commandery of Avalleur.

    2019 is marked by major projects including the research and the constitution of European funding files that will help stimulate new actions for young Europeans and sensitive audiences( mediation tools, innovative dissemination of the history of the Knights Templar, promotions…).
    To federate more members, the association counts on the forum of the French Templar sites, next September. This friendly event aims to educate elected officials, private and public owners of historic value of the Templars heritage.
    The work on communication continues on the website and social networks but also on a paper edition that will appear in June in the kiosks and partner sites: a magazine on the history of the Knights Templar.
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