Bir Murat, an oasis in the Nubian desert; Joachim Murat, general in Napoleon’s Egyptian campaign.
Murat, the name selected for the Shriner’s Temple at 502 N. New Jersey Street in Indianapolis, is of unusual interest. Although the name “Murat” comes from “Bir Murat,” an oasis in the Nubian desert, it is one of only three in Shrinedom that are not of Arabic origin or connotation.
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.