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I've been reading a lot of books about the Grail Legend, the Knights Templar, the Masons, and the bloodline of Jesus. I'm also taking classes in Geographic Information Systems. I'd like to collect GPS coordinates for the famous sites mentioned in these books and maybe plot them in a GIS system. Actual digital photos of these places would be nice also to allow the photo to pop-up when the computer mouse hovers over the plotted site. For example I have found GPS coordinates from a geocache left at Rosslyn Chapel.
per Geocaching.com, the coordinates are in the WGS84 Datum.
N 55° 51.238 W 003° 09.612 British Grid: NT 27467 62911 translated by jeEep.com
Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM)
Coordinates are not inside conterminous 48 States, no NAD-27 data provided. See description of Rosslyn Chapel Site at:
Another area discussed much in books relating to the Knights Templar and the descendants of Jesus, is the Languedoc area of France. I found these GPS coordinates on the geocaching web site mentioned in the previous post. It is at least in the Languedoc-Roussillon area northeast of Narbonne. To my knowledge this actual spot is not related to any particular Knight Templar site. I will need to investigate further. I wanted to at least provide one set of coordinates from this area. It's located on the beach of the Mediterranean Sea.
per geocaching.com, coordinates are in the WGS84 datum.
N 43° 13.926 E 003° 16.005 UTM: 31T E 521660 N 4786624
Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM)
Coordinates are not inside conterminous 48 States, no NAD-27 data provided
Montsegur Castle, France. Also in the Languedoc area. The Cathars lived in the Languedoc until they were wiped out.
from the editorial review on Amazon.com of the book 'Montsegur and the Mystery of the Cathars' by Jean Markale, Jon Graham
"On March 16, 1244, over 200 Cathars were captured in their fortress stronghold of Montsegur and were burned alive by troops of the Inquisition. While some Cathar enclaves survived into the next century, this was the death blow to a religion that had been a powerful symbol of Occitain sovereignty against the designs of the French monarchy and the papacy. History has recorded that four high-ranking Cathar perfecti carried a great treasure out of Montsegur the night before its fall, a fact that led rebel Huguenots of the 17th century and members of Hitler's S.S. to believe that an enormous treasure or weapon of awesome spiritual power lay hidden somewhere nearby the ruins of the former Cathar stronghold. "
This GPS location is right next to the castle wall. 300 m from the parking lot.
Coordinates on this site are shown in WGS84 datum.
This GPS location is actually at El Pico Sacro - Santiago de Compostela. Santiago de Compostela is a sacred site for the Knights Templar.
"In the early 9th century, in a forest called Libredón, the remains of St. James were found according to the tradition. Soon after the discovery of a tomb, the Episcopal see settled in Iria (Padrón) was transferred to Compostela. The fact that the sepulchre was found is the reason why the city was built. During the 10th century the small town began to consolidate as a demographic, administrative and exchange centre. In the following centuries, 11th and 12th, an important urban development took place. In this period, thanks to peregrination to the sanctuary, to its commercial control on the lands of the coast and the several constructions carried out under the orders of different bishops, the town consolidates its expansion and its domain. In the early 12th century, with this religious, political and cultural splendour, they began to build the central nave of the cathedral. In this period the bishop Xelmírez got the Episcopal 'Cadeira' from Rome and was actively involved in the development of the town. " continue reading
From 'Sacred Site of the Knights Templar' by John K. Young, Ph.D.
'..Pilgrimages to Santiago were first organized by monks of the French congregation of Cluny. The second church at Santiago in turn was destroyed by the Moorish general Almanzor, who confiscated its doors and church bells... a new cathedral, dedicated by Pope Urban II in A.D. 1105. Thenceforth, Santiago was put under the supervision of a Benedictine order of French monks, who also supervised the pilgrimage routes leading through southern France. In 1164, the military and religious order of St. James of the Sword was founded, much like the Knights Templar, to protect the pilgrimage road leading to Santiago.'
'....A twentieth century archeological excavation has confirmed the great age of the tomb, which has now been incorporated into the cathedral of Santiago. Originally, the tomb was located in a Roman cemetery besides the principal north-south road of Galicia, constructed perhaps as early as A.D. 100. Behind the tomb is a massive Roman wall later used by builders as part of the cathedral.'
Ever read Alexander Dumas' "The Man in the Iron Mask"?. Seen either version of the movie with Richard Chamberlain or Leonardo DeCaprio?
Per "Mysteries of Templar Treasue & the Holy Grail- The Secrets of Rennes-le-Chateau", by Lionel & Patricia Fanthorpe. Weiser Books, 1992 page 126:
The man in the iron mask could have been a real figure in history. What could this prisoner have to do with Rennes-le-Chateau? Rules of imprisonment: No one except St. Mars, King Louis XIV's trusted agent and prison governor, was to speak to the masked man, or to listen to anything he might try to say. If they did, he was to be executed immediately. The masked man was treated with great respect and courtesy as if he was of royal blood, or at least of very high rank. This is a very dangerous prisoner to someone. But did he have a secret that somebody wanted? It is suggested that Minister Nicolas Fouquet was the person with the secret. ( Fouquet is a character in Dumas' book). Was the secret related to ultimate weapons, the secret of transmutations or the Elixir of Life? If Fouqhet was this man, then the secret he withheld from Louis may have been linked to the secret of Rennes-le-Chateau. Others believe the secrets of the Cathars, the troubadours, the Templars, the Alchemists and the Rosicrucians came into the hands of the Freemasons.
Found this site for a walking itinerary for the Cathar Castles in the Languedoc area of France. Scroll down to the blue title bar with "The Cathar Castles" written on it. This would be a great trip I think. If anyone goes, please take a GPS and record the walk. Then post or email the info to me. I would greatly appreciate it.