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This Mysterious Rabbit Hole Leads to a Secret 700-Year-Old Temple Built By Knights Templar

This archaeological underground wonder in Shropshire, England was built by the Knights Templar.

The first thing that might come to mind when you talk of rabbit holes and underground caverns would be Alice in Wonderland. However, this cavern is more than just a place of wonder. Instead, it’s a cave entrenched in the rich history of the Knights Templar!

The Knights Templar were a feared Catholic order with massive military power. They’re known for being composed of noblemen who fought in the Crusades for the Holy Land. The Crusades raged on for almost 200 years.

Sadly, the Knights Templar fell into ruin when the Crusaders failed to reclaim the Holy Land, and their members were arrested and executed by the King Philip IV of France and Pope Clement V for charges such as corruption, fraud, and secrecy.

Michael Scott, a Birmingham-based photographer was able to take photographs of the cavern.

The rabbit hole is so innocuous that you could almost walk past it

But beneath is a hallway that leads to a previously unseen temple used by the Knights Templar

Inside the cavern is a well-preserved temple carved out of land

This hidden temple may have been a place where the Knights could safely congregate away from prying eyes

The circular naves are very prominent in the architecture

Which suggests the Templars wanted to emulate the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem

The Church of the Holy Sephulchre is thought to be the burial spot of Jesus Christ

The caves were closed in 2012 due to vandals desecrating the place

However, people are still allowed to explore the place if granted special permission

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Clement V England Holy Land Knights Templar Michael Scott


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