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When Napoleon’s armies were in Egypt between 1798 and 1800, the general who led his forces was Marshal Murat, who later became King of Naples. General Murat invariably made provisions for his troops. One of the desert water holes, called “Bir Murat,” quenched the thirst of those armies of Napoleon, so the Indianapolis Temple bears the name of a Marshal of France.   Murat is the only Shrine Temple with a French name.

Photos courtesy of Ryan Hamlett.