Templars Night in Ponferrada, Spain
In the enchanted village of Ponferrada, Spain, thousands of townspeople gather for the annual fair Templars Night.
A big celebration with medieval artisan markets, historical reenactments, parades, music, workshops and magnificent firework shows.
Templars night in Ponferrada is suitable for all ages and a great family festival.
Dating back to 1211 AD, under the rule of Alfonso IX.
The Order of the Templar was put in place to protect and defend the Way of St. James, of which devout Christians embarked to offer a prayer to the Apostle James the Elder.
Ponferrada Castle was used as a sanctuary for those travelling along the path until 1307 AD, when King James Philip IV of France, demobilized the Knights Templar as a result of distrust and growing financial debt.
Due to the power and size of the Knights Templar, many find the disappearance of the organisation to be untrue.
Myth says, they still exist today underground.
As the first full moon of the Summer Solstice emerges, a ceremonial Parade will be held in the direction of the Castle of Ponferrada, opening the doors of the Fortress of the Templars.
Exhibitions of medieval artillery and weapons, clothing, dance and full reenactments of the daily life in the Middle Ages will take place in the Town Hall Square (Plaza del Ayuntamiento).
Hear the tales of medieval fables, myths and tragedies demonstrated by historians and experts of the Knights of Templars.
Guests of all ages are encouraged to participate in the countless workshops offered by skilled craftsmen / women.
Children will learn medieval dances and wear the garments of the Middle Ages while learning about the medieval history of the Templars.
On the final evening of the Festival Templars night in Ponferrada, the summer night sky is illuminated with an extravagant firework displays just outside of the Castle of Templars.