Templar Lore

Rosslyn Chapel
September 30, 2008, 7:47 am
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Rosslyn Chapel

Rosslyn Chapel

Circumstantial evidence lends credence to the account that Henry, 1st Prince of the Orkney Islands (and grandfather of William St. Clair, founder of Rosslyn Chapel) voyaged to North America with 12 ships in 1398, nearly a full century before Columbus was credited with discovering the continent.

Does this explain the carvings of what looks remarkably like Indian Corn on one of the windows inside this amazing edifice, again carvings made before Columbus’s expedition ? There’s also an image of a medieval knight chiseled out of a rock at Westford, Massachusetts and the Micmac legend of the man/god Glooscap who came out of the sea, but that’s a story for another day.

Rosslyn Chapel

Rosslyn Chapel

We visited Rosslyn Chapel on a freezing cold day in January to see for ourselves what all the fuss was about and, oh man, did it ever live up to expectations. What a truely bizarre, eldritch, witchy place it is ! It was certainly built for a purpose (the very stones scream it out), but I would bet my bottom dollar it wasn’t for anything as orthodox as Christian worship.

Since its founding in 1446, the site has been subject to conjecture and mystery. What are the crazily carved walls and ceilings trying to tell us, what message is encoded in the building’s very specific dimensions and, perhaps most importantly, what dire secrets lie buried beneath it ?

The myriad theories as to what it’s all about have been done to death but we’ve included a link to the official Rosslyn website below for anyone who’d like to know more. It’s a bit kitschy but does contain plenty of information.

These two Rosslyn Chapel photos (taken by ourselves) give you some idea of the weird, weird atmosphere both inside and outside the Chapel itself. As to the white, curling cloudlike substance that came out on the exposure from inside the Chapel, we’ll leave that to your imagination (it wasn’t there when we took the photo).

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