CNN Travel recently ran an article about the presence of the Knights Templar in Western Poland. An excerpt of the article reads:
“It’s here [Chwarszczany] that the Templars established a place of worship.
“Constructed of red bricks on a base of granite, the chapel of Saint Stanislaus was built in 1232 on a secluded spot.
“The chapel is laid out according to the Rule of the Templars, an intricate codex that the knights obeyed under fear of banishment from the brotherhood. The building’s appearance is defensive, its tall walls built to withstand attack, as well as the ravages of time.”