Templar Lore

What exactly did Hugues de Payen and co. find under the Temple Mount in Jerusalem during their secretive excavations between 1118 and 1127 ?

Speculation ranges from the Ark of the Covenant to the preserved head of Jesus Christ.

What were they doing in the Holy Land in the first place ? Certainly not protecting pilgrims travelling the highways en route to the Holy City. They were only nine founding members after all.

The fact that the Al Aqsa Mosque they were quartered in is situated directly above the long sealed subterranean complex known as the Stables of Solomon offers some clues. The alleged Templar worship of the disembodied head Baphomet affords others.

Is the Templar tradition inextricably enmeshed with the history of Freemasonry whose roots are said by some to stretch as far back as ancient Egypt and by others beyond even that to a now lost civilisation of remote antiquity ? Where does the bloodline of the Merovingian Kings and their supposed descent from the exiled family of Jesus come into it all ?

And what of the Templar legacy ? Was their knowledge the technology behind the building of Europe’s great Gothic cathedrals ? Are their secrets encoded into the design of Scotland’s Rosslyn Chapel, guarded jealously by the ancient Sinclair family? Did they bury the lost treasure of the Temple of Jerusalem on the Danish owned Baltic island of Bornholm ? Are they linked to the Cathar Heresy and subsequent Albigensian Crusade or, more recently, the mystery of Bérenger Saunière and Rennes-le-Chateau with its mysterious eminence gris, the Prieuré de Sion.