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The Ark, The Grail
© Tuesday July 3rd 2001
REDISCOVERY OF THE ARK BY THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR
The Old Testament states clearly that the Ark of the
Covenant lay in the "Holy of Holies" of the Temple of Solomon,
where only the High Priest had the right to enter once a year.
"...I found the Book of the Law in the
house of the Lord..."
In 587 BC, shortly before the capture of
Jerusalem by the king Nebuchadnezzar, the Ark was hidden - so
well so, that after the exile in Babylon, which lasted 51 years (the
Persian king Cyrus the Great freed the Jews and authorised them to
return home in -536), the Secret had been lost. No known Jewish
religious text referred to it again...
Another version, circulating in Jerusalem in the
thirteenth century and reported in "The Vision of
Baruch", reported on the contrary that "The Hebrews
may have hidden it quickly in a cavern under the Temple of
Solomon" before the latter was destroyed.
THE QUEST OF THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR
In 1114, Hugues de CHAMPAGNE returned to the
Holy Land for a year, and on his return offered the Val de l’Abscinthe,
where Bernard de FONTAINE founded the Abbaye de CLAIRVAUX.
* Before the capture of Jerusalem. ** Nebo was the order name of Stanislas de Guaïta.
DISCOVERY OF THE ARK
The nine Knights left officially to protect the pilgrims' route, but they were not seen (and there were so few of them) carrying out this mission. During the nine years of their presence, they remained extremely discreet, tackling the gigantic task of carrying out digs within the former stables, which could shelter more than 2,000 horses. At the end of 1126, they were joined by the Comte de CHAMPAGNE, who had abandoned for good, for his mission, his family, his titles and all he possessed (whereas he was as powerful as the King of France).
In 1127, all of the ten knights left for good, which proves that their research had succeeded. They discreetly carried away and escorted the Ark, handed over to Bernard de Clairvaux after a brief visit with the Pope, in Rome. (Baudoin II's request for help).
The Ark reached the Holy Sepulchre in the
"Forêt d’Orient" in
Champagne; this forest, which was a vast labyrinth full of underground
swamps, represented an impregnable citadel of the
Order of the Temple, and the most appropriate of places to hide a
* That is, in the Forêt d’Orient.
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