Tile with Templar Calatrava Cross by Marto of Toledo Spain

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Tile with Templar Calatrava Cross
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Tile with Templar Calatrava Cross
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Marto Item # HH004

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The Templar Knight Order of Calatrava was the first military and religious Templar order founded in the Kingdom of Castile, but the second to receive papal approval. The papal bull confirming the Order of Calatrava as a Militia was given by Pope Alexander III on September 26, 1164. The Templar Knight Order of Calatrava was founded by Abbot Raymond of Fitero with the original purpose of protecting the town of Calatrava, located near present-day Ciudad Real.

As their numbers and strength grew the Templar Knight Order of Calatrava was invited in 1147 by the King of Castile, Alfonso VII, to protect a castle he had taken from the Moors. The castle was called Calatrava (Arabic Qal'at Rabah: 'fortress of Rabah'). The Templars established a garrison there and stayed for ten years. They were replaced by a militia of Cistercian laymen, under the supervision of Raymond, Abbot of the Cistercian monastery of Fitero. No doubt these local herdsmen and laborers would have had a personal grudge against the Moors, whom they fought with great enthusiasm.

In 1187, a general chapter at Cīteaux gave these Templar Knights of Calatrava their definitive rule, which was approved in the same year by Pope Gregory VIII. This rule retained the Cistercian customs required of laymen, plus the obligation to wear their armor 24/7 and be ready to fight whenever the need arose. (Not very comfortable, but following vows of silence, nobody complained.)

Initially, these Templar Knights of Calatrava were hugely successful and were rewarded by grants of land from the King of Castile. But by 1195, after a surge of new Muslim recruits from Africa, the Knights were overpowered and the Moors retook the castle which they kept for another 17 years. The Calatravas then recovered possession of the stronghold and from there spread to the far corners of Iberia.

This resin tile is cast with the Templar Order of Calatrava Cross. The look of this beautiful tile is that of a handmade earthenware tile.

This is a high quality product made in Toledo Spain which you can proudly display.

  • Overall Dimensions: 20 x 15 cms - 8 x 6 inches
  • Material: Resin
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    $93.99 each


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