Freemasonry in France marks 300th year

An 18th century Masonic temple at the Château de Mongenan, Gironde

Lodges opened their doors to the public to mark special anniversary 

Freemasonry celebrated its 300th anniversary this summer, with lodges throughout France opening their doors to the public.

The special open days in June, aimed at removing the mystery and suspicion often associated with freemasonry, included talks, visits of masonic premises, lodge rooms and museums, and ‘open meetings’ for family and close friends of members, in many cases followed by a meal.

There are over twenty masonic bodies in France. The usual term known to English-speakers is “Grand Lodges”, but on the ...

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