Rosslyn Chapel Mystery (cont.)
Temple of Mysteries is currently carrying out research into one of the
most enigmatic series of carvings, the 'cubes' bearing strange patterns - which some think may represent
musical notes - which are found in the Lady Chapel.
The chapel is believed by many to be the link between the mysterious Knights Templar
of the Middle Ages and Freemasonry. It has long been claimed that Freemasonry evolved from the Templars, the
medieval order of warrior monks - the special forces of their day - who, it is said, were driven underground
when the Order was ruthlessly suppressed by the King of France and the Pope in 1307. The enigmatic carvings
within Rosslyn Chapel include both Templar and Masonic symbolism - yet, curiously, it was built a century and a
half after the supposed demise of the Templars, and a century and a half before the accepted origins of Freemasonry... Clearly, Rosslyn
Chapel holds the secret of the true history of these great orders.
The Templar/Mason link was personified by the mastermind behind Rosslyn Chapel, Sir
William St Clair, Prince of Orkney. Sir William's ancestors had close links with the Knights Templar, and his
descendants were granted the privilege of being hereditary Grand Masters of Freemasonry in Scotland, so both the building and its owners,
the illustrious St Clair (later Sinclair) family, seem to provide the 'missing link' between Templars and
Partly due to such heady connections, Rosslyn Chapel has also become the focus of
myriad theories. Was it built to safeguard a great secret or a fabulous treasure? And if so, is this mysterious
something buried in the vaults beneath the chapel floor - or perhaps hidden within the walls or ornate
pillars? Is Rosslyn Chapel really, as some have argued, the final resting place of the Holy Grail, the Ark of
the Covenant or the Holy Rood of Scotland? Some believe that the fabric of the building conceals scrolls or
other documents revealing the truth about the origins of Christianity, found in the Holy Land and brought to
Scotland by the Templars. The most recent theory is that the secret of Rosslyn Chapel is that somewhere
beneath or within lies the embalmed head of Jesus Christ himself.
Whatever the real secret of Rosslyn Chapel, it has always been a
magnet for those any of an occult and mystical caste of mind, even including Hitler's Deputy, Rudolf Hess, who
sent an emissary to investigate both the chapel and the nearby Rosslyn Castle in the early years of the
The chapel is a 'hot spot' for dowsers and diviners, who feel that the location was
originally chosen because there is something special about the ground itself - an ancient power, welling up in
this sacred spot.
Several other nearby sites, especially Rosslyn Castle, which is only a short walk
away from the chapel, have their own tales to tell.
Today, the chapel, which received about 25,000 visitors a year, holds a special
place in the hearts of the international Masonic and modern Templar movements, both of which hold regular
ceremonies there, to a background of mist and the skirl of the pipes.
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