“The one who received the five talents went, traded with them, and acquired the other five talents; in the same way, he who received two talents acquired the other two; but he who received one talent went and buried [him] in the ground and hid his lord's silver. ”
(Matthew 25: 14-23)
(Matthew 25: 14-23)
Spring is coming, and there it’s already close to summer. Someone will go to rest abroad, and quite possibly be in the Chinon castle on the Loire. Well, suddenly ... Of course, there is a museum, furnished with replicas of antique furniture. Excavations are underway in the most destroyed part of the castle. History The castle is closely connected with the history of Joan of Arc. However, the most interesting thing to see in it is ... a few mysterious images carved on a stone wall. They must be shown, they are told about them, and yet, few people know that in front of him, perhaps, lies the key to the treasure of the legendary Templar.
Chinon Castle in Chinon, on the banks of the Vienne River - one of the royal castles of the Loire. By the way, in the town of Chinon today only 8100 residents!
And it was so that, ironically, the death of the Knights Templar order began on Friday 13 October 1307. Then the last Grand Master of the Order of the Knights Templar, Jacques de Molay, was arrested in the Temple - the residence of the Order, located on the outskirts of Paris. Then, three weeks later, Philip IV sent out secret instructions to royal officials, after which mass arrests of the Templars began in France. And then began the loud and long-term process of the order, after which he was burned at the stake.
Jacques de molay
Meanwhile, Jacques de Molay was still alive when the Holy Council met in 16 on October 1311 in Vienna in order to consider the charges against the Order of the Knights Templar and at the same time to reform the Church. The Holy Fathers, having become acquainted with the protocols of the papal commissions, refused to pass a decision before the protection of the Knights of the Temple would be heard.
Dad strongly opposed this. And in 1312, he issued the bull Vox clamantis *, in which he presented his point of view on this matter:
“Considering the bad reputation of the Templars, suspicions and accusations against them; Considering the mysterious methods and rites of admission to this order, the evil and anti-Christian behavior of many of its members; especially considering that the oath is taken from them not to reveal anything from the admission ceremony and never leave the order; Considering that shameful rumors will not cease, as long as the order exists; Considering, moreover, the danger to which the Faith and human souls are exposed, as well as the abominable atrocities of extremely many members of the order; considering, finally, that the Roman Church dismissed other illustrious orders for much smaller offenses, we abolish, not without bitterness and heartache, by virtue of not a court sentence, but an apostolic decision, or ordonance, the Order of the Templars with all its departments ... "
Coat of arms of Jacques de Molay
But then it went quite earthly: 2 of May of the same year in his bull Ad providam ** dad decided to seize the property of the Templars. The preamble affirmed the need to wrest the thorns of evil and emphasized the following: “This abolition of the statute of the order, its vestments and the very name we committed with the full approval of the Holy Council, the decision was not made in the form of a final verdict, because the investigation and the past in the case the courts of due legal we were not given a justification, but a preliminary, that is, an apostolic ordonance, which is not subject to appeal and has eternal power. From now on, we prohibit anyone from joining this order, wearing its vestments and executing the statute of the Templars under the fear of excommunication from the Church, entering into ipso facto *** into action. ”
Order is abolished, survivors - if any - face excommunication. On the seizure of the same property was written the following:
"We made the final decision to permanently attach this property to the possessions of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem ... We give, give in, connect, turn on and hand forever the Order of the Hospitallers forever ... all the property that the Order, Master and brothers from the militia at the time of their arrest, that is, in the month of October, one thousand three hundred and seven. ”
The execution of the Templars - the great master Jacques de Molay and Geoffroy de Charnay.
The exceptions were the kingdoms of Castile, Aragon, Portugal, Mallorca: the property in and outside France was placed at the disposal of the Holy See. However, the "box office" commanders, as well as the treasures of the Templars, did not fall into the hands of Philip the Beautiful. Guillaume de Plesian’s speech addressed to the Pope there is noticeable discontent about this: “For in many parts of the world they strengthened their castles against the Church and its servants, sheltered and divided their property, squandered it completely, including the sacred vessels themselves ...”
In other words, the officers of the king could not find any money, not even the sacred vessels! And here's the question: where did it all go in that case? The royal minions found only that it was impossible to take with them - agricultural implements and livestock, as well as the property received as a deposit or deposit.
Gate to the castle: Clock Tower.
Neither gold, nor silver, nor documents, and from the archives - only those papers that were related to the acquisition by the Templar of the land, then the bill of sale and other documents of land holding. Two explanations can be given here: either the officers of Philip the Handsome got hold of the property, or the arrest order prepared ahead of time turned out to be not so secret, the information about him in some way became known to the Templars, and they managed to take appropriate measures.
Of course, in the overwhelming majority of commanders there were only the necessary funds - large sums of money were not to them; however, those that were located on the “key” trade intersections should have had impressive cash to pay bills of exchange, so the question of “where is the money” arose even then. And on its basis there were legends about the hidden treasures of the Templars. And there is every reason to believe that most of these legends do not lie. Or did not lie in the past, because of the found treasures, of course, no one has ever reported.
In fact, there are a lot of hypotheses about where the Templar gold could be hidden. However, it is quite logical to assume that each of their commanders had their own hiding place: and, although the Templars were terrified to robbers, the houses of the Temple could not always provide protection from military units or large gangster gangs. And these caches, of course, appeared a long time ago. It is possible that the especially valuable property was kept in them permanently, which was in the tradition of the Middle Ages.
Bridge to the castle through a dry moat.
That is, the treasures of the Templars could really exist and, moreover, could be hidden in one of the commanders of the Order! Here, however, it is necessary to take into account some important circumstances. The fact is that the commanders who had departed from the papal order to the hospitallers had made the most thorough searches, but no matter how much they looked for, they did not find anything, so this present-day treasure hunter leaves little chance of success.
Layout of the castle in the castle museum.
Further, some of the Templars who had escaped Philip the Beautiful could visit the caches known to them and take away the property hidden there. The secret of the most significant caches, most likely, was passed only to the initiates, as well as the directions, where and how to find them. And here we can assume that the key to unlocking the Templar gold is ... graffiti on the wall of the castle in Chinon, which appeared as follows. As soon as it was decided to establish papal investigation commissions, Clement V announced that he would personally consider the affairs of the highest dignitaries of the order. During a trip to France, he chose the city of Poitiers as the place of his temporary stay and demanded that they be sent to him there for interrogation and delivered.
Tourist castle plan.
The king and the inquisitors could not ignore such a request from the pope. And the train with the captives headed from Paris to Poitiers. But when Tour appeared ahead, the trip was interrupted under the pretext of illness, as if taken up by prisoners, who were then taken to Chinon Castle, which belonged to the King of France and stood on the ground of the royal domain. There were prisoners for a while. They never met the pope, and then they were returned to Paris again.
But in the days that were spent in Chinon, the prisoners managed to carve out drawings of a completely extraordinary character on the stone walls of their dungeon. All of them are symbolic, and many are directly related to the initiation ceremony - these are burning hearts, a cross, a triple fence, a square field, and carbuncles.
Here in the premises of the Templars and kept ...
And the question arises involuntarily: why did the prisoners need to cut out these symbols, which in themselves did not represent any secret? The secret could only be how to use it all. It can be assumed that these drawings were the fruit of forced idleness - the prisoners killed time, carving some obscure drawings on the walls. However, what if these are not just pictures? What if they are rebuses? And what if the graffiti of Chinon were addressed to people who not only knew these symbols, but also knew how to read them. After all, it is possible that there was a special, "Templar" way to read them.
And the prisoners, portraying them, decided to turn to their brothers: and not to remind them of well-known symbols or entrust banal truths, but to convey with their help a message that only they could read and understand. The message is a secret one, because we are talking about real things hidden in the real world.
Suppose one of the dignitaries carved a cross, surmounted by a heart. This is a symbol. Christian symbol among others; however, not only Christian, but very well known - it can be found in almost all religious buildings. No one would have thought to give it any special meaning.
However, the heart can be drawn in different ways. This may be a correct image or with a flaw. And a flaw in the heart takes on a special meaning: first of all for those who are used to decipher certain systems of symbolic cryptography — for example, a certain secret writing secret of the Templars. Such a flaw in the figure could mean a place - graphically or phonetically. And where the ignorant could see only a cross crowned with a heart, enlightened, perhaps he would know the following:
“In such and such commandery (the notorious flaw in the heart) the cache is in the core under the cross.” And this can only be read by brothers who have passed the initiation rite. It is clear that there is no evidence to substantiate this hypothesis, but it seems quite logical.
These are very strange-looking pictures with the inscription: “I pray to the Lord for forgiveness” and a picture of a burning heart, which are attributed to Jacques de Molay himself. Much research has been devoted to them, and it can be said with confidence that the best gift to all lovers of conspiracy and esoteric sciences is simply not to be found. They note that they have similarities with graffiti, which were made by the templar, contained in the tower of the city of Domme, but that's all.
By the way, this hypothesis is reinforced by another fact: Chinon’s graffiti is not just scratched into a stone wall, which any prisoner who languishes in imprisonment could make a nail point, no, they are knocked out very deep, although not with a skillful hand. These drawings are similar to a real bas-relief, it is obvious that they were made with the intention to preserve as long as possible. That is, it is quite possible that the gold of the Knights Templar, which neither the Pope nor Philip the Handsome so received, is still waiting for its hour in some forgotten both by God and by the people of the cache ... These are strange drawings scratched on the walls, the main ones being the scaffold (or Golgotha?) with the inscription: “I pray to the Lord for forgiveness” and a burning heart (Kurbunkul?) are attributed by some to de Molay himself. Quite a lot of research has been devoted to them, and they are a real gift for lovers of conspiracy and esoteric. It should be noted and their certain similarities with the graffiti left by the templars in the tower of the city of Domme, where other arrested members of the order were kept.
* Voice of indignation (lat.). Papal bulls are usually named after the first words of the text.
** For care (lat.).
*** By virtue of evidence, by the very fact (lat.).