The Templars weren’t just fighting: the income from the bases in Europe had to be transferred to Outremer, the Latin country in the Holy Land. This movement has created the basis for the financial activities of the Temple lineage. Initially the Templars in the East were treasures and often just treasures, but as early as 1135 the first securing operations were underway. By the end of the 12th century, money lending became the official business activity of the Temple lineage. The temple’s financial reputation was so high that even Muslims borrowed it. The Templars devised their own form of letter of credit, the forerunner of today’s paper money, as well as many advanced techniques in accounting.
About 15,000 members of the order have managed about 9,000 temple-owned palaces scattered across Europe. Among the best known are the Tempelhove estate in Berlin and two “headquarters”: Temple in Paris and Temple Church in London. The village Tempehove today is known as the Berlin-Tempelhof. The only remaining part of the old Temple order, the cemetery in the Old Park (Alter Park), still exists even though the village church was destroyed during World War II.