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From the moment I began looking seriously at Freemasonry, and also bearing in mind my absolute fascination for the medieval period and its architecture, it was innevitable that I would find myself drawn to that strange little building near Edinburgh in Scotland - Rosslyn Chapel. Associated with both the Knights Templar and Freemasonry Rosslyn Chapel is a confection in stone. It has risen to even greater fame because of its use by Dan Brown in his novel The Da Vinci code but how much is really known about the Chapel and its history? Getting together with John Ritchie, a long time friend who was brought up close to the Chapel, I decided to look at the building in great detail. John, who is a film cameraman, a stills photographer and a much travelled exerpt in history, knows more about Rosslyn Chapel than any other individual, so we were off to a good start and we were allowed unparallelled access to the Chapel, both inside and out.
From the outset we were able to uncover facts about Rosslyn Chapel that have never been published before, like the fact that it contains a perfect naked eye astronomical obervatory and a strange light box that illuminates the Church every September 21st. But what is its true relationship with the Knights Templar and Freemasonry and what do we know about the extraordinary people who planned and created this masterpiece of gothic architecture? We know a great deal more now and some of it turns out to be extremely surprising and far-reaching. The story of St Matthew alone is compelling and answers many questions.