Though no one is exactly certain of how or where the Illuminati originated from, it is believed to have come from King Solomons Temple. Later on in history this was the same place as the crucifixion of Jesus, the well known prophet. This was also the place where The Knights Templar was founded in 1128. Hugh de Payens and eight other members formed this alliance to protect the pilgrims. The Knights Templar was founded on religion, specifically in this case, Roman Catholic. The man responsible for creating the rules for this quickly growing team of defenders was St. Bernard of Clairvaux. He would be one of the primary constructors of this “new order”. The Pope at the time, Honorius III, even approved of the association.( Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia) In time The Knights had gained many financial investments which made them very powerful. As for their leadership system at this time, the Knights of Templar had a grand master as well as a general council that all stayed in Jerusalem. They would only abide by the pope’s beliefs or regulations. This would mean conflict with other beliefs or religions.
The Knights would battle against Muslims usually, but soon the Muslims would take Jerusalem. The first relocation was to Acre and then the Templar were pushed back even farther to Cyprus. This is where the Templar kind of converted from a war organization to a monetary organization. At this point in time they were no longer a public figure but more secluded than anything. What made the Templar different from the rest is that they had special privileges, the largest military strength, and the best banking systems. The banking systems they had were better than most others because they served the most famous and richest political figures in Europe “such as King Henry II of England and King Louis IV of France.” This made people start to wonder why the rules didn’t apply to them.(Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia)
In 1307, King Philip IV of France was having issues with acquiring loaned money any where but from the Templar so he began to prosecute them. Alongside King Philip was the pope at the time, Pope Clement V, which did not agree with the idea of prosecuting the Templar at first but then changed from his original thoughts, taking side with King Philip IV. They basically destroyed the existence of the Templar and all their belongings went to secular leaders. By 1314 they charged the grand master of the Templar and burned him alive. This destroyed all known existence of the Knights of Templar. These same beliefs from the Knights of Templar were adopted by the Freemasons, (a widely-known organization today) which is also tied into the beliefs of the Illuminati.
The idea of masonry is believed to have begun in Egypt when construction of the pyramids were underway. Masons are people who build in extremely precise manners. So this would be evident in monuments such as the pyramids of Egypt and King Solomon's Temple, (these are the base of the Templar, the Freemasons, and the Illuminati). These are monuments that are all tied together in some large scheme that has been brought forth throughout history and will continue to be in the future. The Knights of Templar were basically early Freemasons because of similar beliefs and power in their organizations....