The world's oldest Fraternal organization

The Masonic Fraternity is the world's oldest fraternal organization. It its present form, it dates to 1717 when the Grand Lodge of England was founded.

During the Colonial Period, Masonic Lodges were established in the Americas. During the American Revolution these Provincial Grand Lodges reorganized themselves into the present Grand Lodges of the several States.

During the past three centuries, Masonry has spread into all free parts of the world. Masonic Lodges were banned throughout much of Europe during the Nazi and later during the Soviet eras, however since the fall of Communism, Masonic Grand Lodges have been reestablished in most parts of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet bloc.

Today, Masonic Lodges can be found in over 70 countries throughout the world, and on all six inhabited continents.

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