The Order of the Knights Templar also acted in Belarus after the resettlement to Eastern Europe. Here the Templars developed trade, built new cities, and created new roads.
Franpol is a village in the Brest region of the Brest region of Belarus. It is known that in the 19th century this village was the center of an estate in the Brest district of the Grodno province. Near Franopol, the estate “Franopolskoe settlement” has been preserved. The Franopol settlement is exactly the place where the ancient Franopol was located. Initially, it was a city called “Frankopol” or “City of Franks”. This was the second Frankopol, and the first and the main one was located on the territory of the present Zhitomir region of Ukraine.
Slonim is one of the oldest cities in Belarus, a large center of trade in the Middle Ages. The city was founded by the Knights Templar in the middle of the XIII century.
The name “Slonim” comes from the name Solomon. The word “Solomones” in Russia was called the Templars, “Knights of the Temple of Solomon”. For example, Daniel Galitsky, having set out on a campaign against Brest, addressed his troops with the words: “It is wrong if the Templars, who are called Solomones, will rule our country.”
(«Не годится темпличам, рекомым соломоночами, отчину нашу держати»)
Lenin is a small town in the Zhitkovichi district of the Gomel region of Belarus.
In 1568, the King of Poland and Grand Duke of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania Sigismund II Augustus allowed Prince Yury Yuryevich Olelkovich to found the city of Lenin. That was the name of the tract where the city was built. The name of this tract “Lenin” is of French origin. The French word “la nonne” means “nun.” The Templars gave the name to the tract “La Nonne”, because a nun lived there in their time.
Lubel-Pol is a village in the Pinsk region of the Brest region of Belarus. The part “pol” in the name comes from the word “polis” and indicates that in ancient times it was a city. Probably the part “Lubel” is a slightly distorted French word “le belle”, which means “beautiful”. Lubel-Pol is probably a “beautiful city”.
Brest is one of the largest cities in Belarus. Brest was the center of the Beresteyskaya land and one of the most important cities of Kievan Rus and the Galicia-Volyn principality. This city was considered for Rus “a window to Europe”, a strong point on the way to Kiev.
In the documents of the era of Kievan Rus, the city was named “Berestye”. In the XIV century, the Templars gave the name to this city Brest because of the consonance with the same name of the city in France.
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