Sample Essay

One of the Templar-Mason theory’s many veins suggests that some Templers survived the order’s 14th-century destruction by taking refuge in Scotland, where they hid a fabulous treasure beneath Rosslyn Chapel (as seen in The Da Vinci Code). The treasure, and the Templar tradition, was eventually passed down to the founders of Freemasonry, the story goes. In fact, there was Templar treasure, Nicholson said, but it ended up in other hands long ago. “The most likely reason [the Templers were dissolved] is that the king wanted their money. The King of France was bankrupt, and the Templers had lots of ready cash.” (Wells)

It’s long been suggested that powerful Freemasons embedded Masonic symbols in the Washington, D.C., street plan designed mainly by Frenchman Pierre L’Enfant in 1791.

The Lost Symbol is expected to prominently feature “Masonic mapping,” detecting pentagrams and other symbols by connecting the dots among landmarks. Pre-release clues released by author Dan Brown, for example, include GPS coordinates for Washington landmarks. (King, 2009)

“Individually, Masons had a role in building the White House, in building and designing Washington, D.C.,” said Mark Tabbert, director of collections at the George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia. “And [small scale] Masonic symbols can be found throughout the city, as they can in most U.S. cities.” (Melanson)

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