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The story that follows has been dramatised for better reading.
There are four real Egyptian obelisks removed from Egypt that were rumoured to have been carefully placed in Rome that are part of a forbidden secret. Was this instigated by the Templars or was it the Roman Catholic Church?
Officially endorsed by the Roman Catholic Church in 1129, the Order became a favored charity across Europe and grew rapidly in membership and power.
A large pink granite obelisk can be admired in the center of the square. It was hewn from a single block and stands 25.31 m. high on a base 8.25 m. wide. The obelisk which comes from Heliopolis, Egypt, where it was built by the Pharaoh Mencares in 1835 BC in honor of the sun, was brought to Rome in 37 BC by the Emperor Caligula (37-41) and erected in the circus he built. Here it was silent witness of the martyrdom of St. Peter and of many other Christians. In 1586 Sixtus V had it moved to the center of St. Peter's Square.
At the center of the square the obelisk placed here by Domenico Fontana in 1589 as part of the urban plan of Pope Sixtus V. It was originally erected in Heliopolis and it was brought to Rome and placed in the Circus Maximus by Augustus. It is dedicated to Rameses II and is topped by the mountains and the star of Sixtus V (to see all the obelisks of Rome click here). The fountain which is shown in the plate near the obelisk is now in Piazza Nicosia.
He did not noticed that the "seven hills" are just six, and that they are part of pope Alexander VII coat of arms.
Wayne would find exactly what he was hoping for. In front of the obelisk above the archway of the Porto Del Popolo was a carving of what appeared to be the Seven Hills of Rome rising up to a star. The first star that comes to mind in the Christ story is the star of Bethlehem associated with the birth of Christ. Wayne had his own thoughts about the Seven Hills and the star.
Agrippa was the Roman General and Consul that ordered the building of the Pantheon, that is why his name is on the front of the Pantheon and not because of Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, and that name has been there for many centuries.
The next detail that caught Wayne's eye was the name Agrippa on the front of the Pantheon. Wayne could not help wondering if it had anything to do with Heinrich Agrippa, the historical contemporary of Leonardo Da Vinci, whose Vitruvian man he also replicated.
Source LinkSecret Archives Accessible Online
VATICAN CITY, JAN. 10, 2006 (Zenit.org).- The Vatican Secret Archives may now be visited on the Internet.
After selecting the language on the Holy See's site (www.vatican.va...), a click on the Focus section of the home page offers a virtual walk through the archives' age-old halls amid frescoes and documents.
One may (virtually) page through documents such as the 14th-century Parchment of Chinon, which records the absolution of Pope Clement V of the leading members of the Templar Order. Also accessible are the proceedings of the trial against Galileo Galilei.
Among other treasures, the Vatican Secret Archives include key documents concerning the history of single nations.
"Moreover, for some countries, the Vatican documents are the oldest ones, which even mark the beginning of their own national history," explains the Web page.
The archives include about 85 linear kilometers (52 miles) of shelves. The oldest document dates to the eighth century, while the archives have an almost uninterrupted documentation starting from 1198.
The archives are primarily used by the Pope and the Roman Curia. In 1881, by decision of Pope Leo XIII, part of the archives was opened to be consulted by scholars, "thus becoming the most important center of historical research in the world."
SOURCE....There have been several attempts to create indices by past archivists, but they were incomplete to begin with. The archives have been moved and looted several times during their long history. Most of the medieval records that survived the Babylonian Captivity were lost during the Sack of Rome in the sixteenth century; Napoleon took them to Paris in the eighteenth where many volumes were recycled into butcher paper; and much fell into the hands of the Italian government later on.
Originally posted by ArMaP
So, this is a dramatised story that has as its starting point a book from Dan Brown.
Originally posted by ArMaP
OK, but how much of that story is true?
And how can we know?
Even if the information that he gives was correct, how can we know if it was written in that way because of the dramatization or not?
From the end of the XV Century, the Pontiffs kept the most sensitive documents for the protection of the rights and the interests of the Holy See at Castel S. Angelo, that was changed into an archive by Sixtus IV. Initially, it was arranged geographically and according to the subjects, then with Clement VIII the archives were divided into two series of Armaria: 12 Armaria superiora, marked with the letters A to M and mainly containing the diplomatic correspondence of the Holy See, and 18 Armaria inferiora. The documents inside these cabinets were kept in over 200 wooden capsae or capsulae (capsules). In 1798, the Archive of Castel S. Angelo was transferred, for safety reasons, to the Vatican Secret Archives and it is now one of its most precious fonds