Human remains found at Rosslyn Chapel
Conservationists have found what are thought to be human remains at Rosslyn Chapel. The bones were discovered at the Midlothian chapel by workers carrying out conservation work. A police spokesperson confirmed the discovery, while Rosslyn Chapel has declined to comment on the case. The bones - discovered under a slab while a new heating system was being installed inside the chapel - have now been removed from the site to be examined by archaeologists to discover their age and type.
Rosslyn Chapel scanned in hi-tech 3D detail
Rosslyn Chapel has been photographed in detail using cutting edge digital technology. A team from Historic Scotland and Glasgow School of Art recorded Rosslyn Chapel using special 3D scanners. The resulting photographs capture details of the 15th Century Midlothian building down to the millimetre. The information provides an accurate view of the chapel's condition, and dimensional information for the 13m conservation and improvement project.
Rosslyn Chapel Revealed by Mike Turnbull
Mike Turnbull spent 3 years researching Rosslyn Chapel Revealed. "I spent a lot of time at the chapel looking at it and taking photographs. Some of the research I had done before. I had written a book called Edinburgh and Lothian's Holy Corners and was able to use some of the knowledge there such as Soutra." The book, packed with illustrations and photos of the chapel and nearby area, is a detailed account of the chapel's origins and the growth of the Sainteclaire family. The chapel was attacked in 1688 by an anti-Catholic mob and step by step fell into disrepair.
Rosslyn Chapel Revealed by Michael T.R.B.Turnbull
If nothing else the hysteria attaching itself to The Da Vinci Code has brought one of Scotland's most special places to international prominence. Michael Turnbull has produced a book that restores the religious history of Rosslyn through its various inflections. He summarises the credulity of those who insist on seeing Rosslyn as an alternative culture loadstar after previously detailing 800 years plus of local history, and so that the reader is left wondering why there is any need for conspiracy theory. Michael Turnbull's tale is a nuanced historical one that explains the pre-Reformation function of Rosslyn chapel's design and decoration.
The Rosslyn Motet - The Chapel's Musical Cubes
In 2005 Tommy and Stuart Mitchell claimed to have "found a secret piece of music hidden in carvings at Rosslyn Chapel." I immediately posted a lengthy list of cautions about the claims put forth in the article to the Sinclair Discussion Group. ... At one end of Rosslyn Chapel is an area known as the "Lady Chapel," the ceiling of which is supported by arched ribs. From these ribs hang what have become known as the "Rosslyn Cubes," and among the 213 existing cubes (2 are missing) can be found 13 uniquely different carved patterns. However, the story of the Rosslyn Cubes did not begin with the Mitchells...
The glowing bright red pentagon found in Rosslyn Chapel
When he caught sight of the bright red pentagon glowing above the great rose window of Rosslyn Chapel, Alan Butler almost let out a scream. At that point, he knew that Rosslyn was far more than just another medieval church. "It was a real Indiana Jones moment. Older inhabitants of Roslin village had told the story of a mysterious light which appeared in the chapel on St Matthew's Day (21 Sept). But the story had been ignored by successive histories of the chapel." The discovery shed new light on another unusual feature: Rosslyn was built facing due east, although it was built before the existence of accurate compasses.
Scribbles in the stonework of Rosslyn Chapel
The latest Rosslyn Chapel mystery - involving a carving scratched on the wall of the crypt - doesn't involve the Knights Templar or any ancient secret societies. But for Ashley Cowie - who has spent a decade trying to work out its meaning - the carving has huge global significance for Scotland when it comes to the history of ancient navigation. "What is down there is an example of a lost system for measuring time and distance involving both latitude and longitude. It's a priceless mapping treasure." This forms the basis of new book, The Rosslyn Matrix, which presents his case for Rosslyn Chapel having a cartographic explanation.
Rosslyn Chapel's extraordinary carvings explained at last
The doors of Rosslyn Chapel have shut behind the cast and crew of The Da Vinci Code. But tourists will continue to travel to this place and walk in the footsteps of the Knights Templar and the Holy Grail. Behind all the nonsense there are lone voices asking us to put aside the hype, look inside the chapel and open our eyes to what it really is. They don't see heretic knights and ancient secrets but an important remnant of medieval architecture deserving of serious study. Built by Sir William Sinclair in 1446 as a copy of the Temple of Solomon, its intricate carvings hint at secrets passed down to the family since the fall of the Templars in 1307.
Rosslyn Chapel, ley lines and the baron knights
Rosslyn Chapel is crowded. I must be the only one here not in search of the Holy Grail or the bloodline of Christ. I'm meeting a past master Freemason Jim Munro who is going to show me the force that lies beneath Rosslyn. Munro believes that an enormously powerful ley line runs through Rosslyn and that its presence has led to the construction of many different sacred sites here through the millennia. He thinks that Picts, Druids and Romans all venerated this site and that's why Sir William Sinclair build built Rosslyn here in 1446. The Sinclairs founded Freemasonry in Edinburgh in about 1599 and orders have been started worldwide.
Rosslyn Chapel - Pilgrimage of the Da Vinci code-breakers
Edna Smith was doing a brisk trade in the Rosslyn Chapel gift shop. Among the popular staples of silver Celtic jewellery and souvenir videos being snapped up by eager tourists, one item in particular is helping to swell the coffers. Last month a record 9,029 people visited the 15th century chapel in its tranquil location on the edge of the Esk Valley, seven miles south of Edinburgh - a 96% increase on last year.
Rosslyn Chapel -- The Templars in Scotland?
Many reports acknowledge that the Templars built Rosslyn, despite the order having been suppressed two centuries earlier. The stories go that the Sinclair family were involved with Templarism, and Sir William Sinclair based the construction of Rosslyn on the Temple of Solomon. Several of the carvings in the chapel are thought to have Templar connections, and there are Templar graves in the chapel. Sceptics argue that a lot of the ‘Templar` symbolism has been misinterpreted. Many of the symbols are biblical in origin, and are not proof of a Templar connection. As to the Templar graves it is argued that the heraldic symbols have been misidentified.
Christ's head in Scottish Rosslyn chapel
Christ's head is buried under a chapel in Scotland, a controversial anthropologist has claimed. Dr Keith Laidler says the head is at the 15th century Rosslyn chapel in Midlothian. He became interested in the possibility after reading a book which claimed the Knights Templar had a head which they worshipped. One theory is the head was carried to Scotland by Mary Magdalene via France. But another has it that the Knights Templar, a religious military order born out of the first crusade, dug it up in Jerusalem and carried it through France to Scotland.