To: per loin
Switzerland had already been founded before their persecutions began....however most of the monasteries, not all of them Templar, but certainly Templar friendly and already active money lenders were built on trade routes that looped around southern germany, austria, switzerland and italy. One of the mysteries that remained after the Templars were shut down, was the disappearance of all their apparent wealth...ie. "Show me the money". Switzerland seems like a good bet to me as well, particularly since they have always been independant.
posted on 07/21/2002 10:55:52 AM PDT
The Knights Templer are seperate from the Scottish Rite. The Knights belong to the York Rite, and the Scottish Rite is the other branch of Masonry.
I belong to the York Rite.
I loved your brief synopsis of Templar history. I had a teacher who taught Masons their own symbolism, entrenched in Templar secrets. She is the only woman I know to have been given a 33degree ring.
There are so many rumors about the Templars. The seal of King Solomon, the coveted holy chalice at Chalice Well in England... One of my favorite states, they exist in secrecy today and their main goal is to protect and when the time is right, bring forth the true heir to Jesus.
What happened to the Templar Treasure and what happened to the Templar Navy are two of histories mysteries. My personal theory is that a lot of the Templar's ended up in Scotland.
Robert the Bruce got a lot of trained knights out of nowhere in a hurry about the time the Templars disappeared. And Scotland was one of the few places where the edict against the Templars was never enforced.
The Templar were also some of the worlds first archaeologists in that they excavated the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Whatever they took from the site has remained the subject of speculation to this day.
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