On the website a host of templar sites in France and their history is described in great detail. The same is true for the Project Beauceant website on Regrettably, these websites differ in detail, number and location of commanderies presented. Furthermore, locating the indicated sites on modern maps is hardly possible in the first case and rather difficult in the second.

Therefore, TemplarsNow has started a project which will pinpoint the geographical location of Templar sites in France. TemplarsNow has earlier done a similar job for The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.

The French maps are being constructed by combining the information of both websites mentioned above and plotting it on modern Google-satellite maps, one per Department. In the process, the geographical location of each site is checked on the Cassini-map and other sources on the internet. Primary source is the website. Additional information is used from the website and from other sources on the internet. The site description on the maps uses snippits of text (for now in French) and photographs, mainly from the website. If other information is presented, the sources are indicated. The illustration above presents a part of the resulting map for the Creuse Department (23). All completed maps will be summed up here.

On the maps four types of Templar sites are distinguished:
  1. major actual Templar site which at present holds multiple important buildings and/or ruins
  2. actual Templar site which at present holds one or a small number of buildings and/or ruins
  3. historical Templar site where as yet no remains are found but of which the former presence can be inferred from toponymes etc
  4. historical Templar site which is mentioned in the sources but whereof no traces whatsoever remains in the field
The symbols used for each category are:

category 1
category 2
category 3
category 4

Obviously these new TemplarNow maps could not be made without the information provided by the websites and and additional sources. Therefore these maps should be seen as the elaborated and augmented representation of the great work of others.

The as yet available departmental maps are indicated on the map below. They can be opened by the links below the map.

This map shows the pre-2016 Regional boundaries. source map

For now maps for the following Departments are available:

03 Allier
11 Aude
12 Aveyron
15 Cantal
19 Corrèze

21 Côte d'Or
23 Creuse
34 Hérault
42 Loire
46 Lot

58 Nièvre
63 Puy de Dôme
69 Rhône
71 Saône et Loire
81 Tarn

87 Haute-Vienne
89 Yonne

Other sources on Templar sites in France are:

Le Marais des Templiers - une visite du Paris médiéval dans le Marais

Knights Templar in the Provence

Knights Templar sites in northwest France

La Chapelle des Templiers à Metz

Most important Templar sites in France