posted on Jan, 30 2007 @ 11:42 AM
RE: Niebelung Lied -- derived from the Norse Sagas. I would classify this as a legend, a fable. Richard Wagner used the Niebelung Lied as the basis
for his "Ring Cycle" operas: das Rheingold, die Waulkure, and Gotterdammerung. J.R.R. Tolkien also used the Neibelund Lied as inspiration for his
colassal works, interspersed with Christian themes.
I fail to see a connection with the Niebelund Lied and the Knights of Malta...
RE: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre:
The current Church of the Holy Sepulchre dates from circa 1000-1500, with a few or several modifications and restorations since then. The British
added some iron scaffolds to the Edicule (see below) in the 1940s to keep the Edicule cladding together.
As Christianity grew, the pagan Romans covered the site with rubble, and effectively made it a garbage-dump. Early Christians that travelled to
Jerusalem were told by the local Christians that the site of Christ's crucifixion and burial were underneath the rubbish-pile.
Later, the Romans built a temple to one of their god on the site (to Venus?), and again, when asked by Christian visitors, the locals directed the
pilgrims to the site of the Roman temple.
Constantine tore-down the Roman temple and cleared the area. He further cleared the surrounding stone from the cliffside surrounding the tomb,
leaving only native rock around the tomb chamber(s) itself only, and constucted a portico at the entrance -- this would become the Edicule. He also
built a greater church around the whole site circa 335 AD.
The Byzantines rebuilt the complex in 1012-1040.
Further building/renovation took place during the time of the Crusader Kingdoms (1099-1209?), in 1555, and in 1809-1810.
If there is any hint that Attila had or knew of a site that was a replica of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, it would have had to been the
Constantinian design, it could not have been a replica of the current church.
Furthermore, there is no secret that there were models of the church and edicule throughout Europe built by monarchs or other wealthy patrons. These
replcas existed in the form of ring ornamentation, small-models (ornaments), carvings, paintings, or even chapels and churches of various sizes. Not
everyone could visit Jerusalem, so these were built to allow Europeans to visit the place without actually going there, ala the Stations of the
Examples of these various replicas are found in Narbonne, Eichstatt, Montaione, Augsburg, Gorlitz, Nottingham, Amsterdam, just to name several.
To site some conspiracy to destroy or conceal a replica of the church, in my estimation, is not credible.
So, to answer the question about what the Knights of Malta might think about site-x, supposedly an exact replica of the church, I'd guess that they
have no opinion because the premise is faulty.
For further information, I suggest you read "The Tomb of Christ" by Professor Martin Biddle of Oxford. The publisher is Sutton Publishing Ltd., and
is where I derived and paraphrased the information above.