According to Syfy series Legend Quest – yes, they did. Following the route of the Ark of the Covenant, they ended up (during the crusades) in Lalibella, northern Ethiopia, where they built a church for the local African Christians. So grateful were the locals that they gave the Knights Templar the Ark.
According to Legend Quest, the Templars then took the Ark to their stronghold in Siena in Italy. The “evidence” is that there’s a double headed eagle carved into the church at Lalibella and one carved into the wall of this church in Siena. Marcellus Cristofani – an Italian noble and Knight Templar grand master – says the Ark is no longer in Siena – but might be in Chartres cathedral in France. So – Legend Quest packs its bags for Chartres.
In the doorway to Chartres – they find a carving of the Ark of the Covenant. A pretty small carving, but there it is. So off we go down the nave to find more clues. The Marian veil – most revered shrine of Chartres – is contained in a reliquary that looks like…the Ark. Nearby is the famous maze inlaid into the floor of the cathedral. At its centre is a stone that appears to have once supported something or has something hidden beneath it – one or the other.
Wonder what it could be? Well, it’s obviously the Ark!
Underneath the maze – Legend Quest believes there must be a secret corridor – and lo and behold there is one (well, I think it’s secret). And there’s some stairs that lead up towards the floor directly beneath the maze. The dark tunnel tapers off but…the end is blocked. Hmmm…bummer. But this just proves that underneath the maze the Knights Templar buried the Ark for its safekeeping and to guard its power. Possibly anticipating somebody like Hitler and the Nazis coming after it to use the Ark’s power for diabolical reasons.
Just in case you don’t get that point – an animated cartoon re-enacts the famous final scene in Indiana Jones when the Nazis are all incinerated by the rays of the Ark after foolishly opening it.
So – what do I think of all this? Oh c’mon – do you really have to ask?
- The Legend Quest – Holy Grail – Ashley Cowie (thetemplarknight.com)
- Did the Templars really flee to Scotland? (thetemplarknight.com)
- The Knights Templar today – who and where are they? (thetemplarknight.com)