Campaign of the Month: June 2022
One of the oldest and most important districts in Baldur’s Gate, the Temples District houses some of the city’s major temples and government buildings, including the Lady’s House, the High house of Wonders and the ducal palace (also known as the High Hall).
The district is also home to some of the fancier inns in the city, as well as the Three Old Kegs, which is considered one of the best inns in all of Faerûn.
The Temples residents are some of the most prominent families in Baldur’s Gate. High priests and clerics often live here.
Lower city residents are allowed to enter the district for prayer except for specific holidays, during which the temples are closed for upper city residents exclusively.
The buildings here are most similar to those in Manorborn in structure, but over the years the decorations were replaced with more religious ones, the influence of stern looks from the clergy. While those are encouraged, it is forbidden for buildings to copy the architecture of the temples for which the neighborhood is named, to ensure they remain the dominant landscapes.
The cobblestones and lampposts are decorated with intricate symbols of gods.
The streets are wide and cobbled, with less boulevards than Manorborn to allow religious processions to pass more easily along them.
Inns and taverns are few and usually high-end, mostly made of old manors and mansions so they do not stick out in the view.
The residents of the Temples are usually more refined. They wear cloths in golden yellow, blue and light browns that match the colors of the district’s main temples.
While street soliciting and hawking is forbidden on regular days, it is allowed during festivals. For this reason, residents from the lower city and the Wide celebrate many festivals and holidays, even minor ones, in the Temples, which increases commerce and draws in many tourists.
It is common for residents of this district to “adopt” priests or become temple patrons, donating money and housing to the different temples.