Rosslyn Chapel
20th September 1456

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This fabulously and elaborately architected chapel has become the centre of much speculation around the legends attached to the Knights Templar - the holy order of warrior monks who defended Christianity in the Middle East during the Dark Ages.

Despite its construction dating to well over a century after the dissolution of the Knights Template, these connections have fed into the vast corpus of mythical literature surrounding the Holy Grail and, like Glastonbury, the site has become the setting for modern fiction and fanciful myth alike. Most recently, its fame has spread through its use in Dan Brown's bafflingly popular Da Vinci Code.

What is certain is that the chapel does contain some unique architectural features which seem (to some) to hint at hidden symbolic meaning.

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Author: Ian Freud   |  Last updated: 4th April 2012 | © Weird Island 2010-2020
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