According to one historian, the Knights Templar were “legends during their lifetime”
Between the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, the Catholic military orders were among the most skilled fighting units of the Crusader period and ran large Christian economic organizations throughout Europe and the Middle East. The sudden drop in power inspired the legends to emerge and watch them as a center of intense research ever since, particularly regarding the Holy Grail. But historian and anthropologist David Adkins claimed to have located their “treasure” – in the labyrinth of tunnels and chambers below Sinai Park House in Burton-on-Trent.
The 50-year-old conducted research that revealed links between the Midland Estates and the Templars.
He said: “The Sinai House is probably the most important house in England.
“It is an impressive building located on a hill overlooking the city.
“A half-timbered structure, in ruins and in danger, hides secrets of international importance—and perhaps conceals the truth behind the Holy Grail itself.
The Holy Grail may have been located (Image: GETTY)
Historian David Adkins says he found the treasure (Photo: BIRMINGHAM LIVE)
“There is a strong argument that the treasure of the famous Knights Templar is buried somewhere under the house.”
The respected researcher once made headlines when he found a 10,000-year-old skull known as ‘Greta’.
He came up with his new theory because Sinai House was said to have been used by the Knights and its founder, Hugh de Bains, who is said to have strong ties to the surrounding Burton Abbey property.
Researchers had already attempted to explore a secret passage in the Grade II listed building in the 19th century, but they were repelled by smoke and the stone arch of the vault has remained surrounded by walls ever since.
Mr Adkins told Birmingham Live: “The first major evidence that the house is the last resting place of the Tumblr treasure is, in hindsight, blatantly obvious and almost screams at us from the pages of the house.
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The Bible discusses the Holy Grail (Image: GETTY)
For soon after the Knights Templar left Jerusalem, the monastery personally took over the administration of the house in Sinai.
“The question is, why did they need it back then, they had never wanted it in the past seven hundred years, so why at this particular point in history did they suddenly need a home?
“This is where the home’s unique strategic and geographic location becomes advantageous and important.
Beit Sinai is located on a labyrinth of natural tunnels and caves. A geologist once told me that there are caves the size of Westminster Abbey below the house.”
Adkins says that’s not the only evidence that puts the building in conflict.
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There appears to be a network of tunnels and caves under Beth Sinai (Image: wiki)
He believes that Burton’s central location would have appealed to the Knights Templar as a way to keep would-be invaders away from their treasure.
He added, “The cliff it sits on is the southernmost point created by the retreat of the last Ice Age glacier, and natural erosion helped create its unique geology.
“As such, natural caves and chambers would naturally attract Templars wishing to conceal their precious treasure.
“Indeed, there was no better place in England for this, and since the Knights Templar were naturally tunnel builders, they found it easy to design tunnels according to their needs.
In 1307, powerful people and foreign governments were understandably eager to get hold of the treasure, and any site near the coast would have been considered seriously endangered.
Sinai Park home and owner Kate Murphy (Photo: BIRMINGHAM LIVE)
The house of Sinai in the heart of England did not pose this problem – the Knights Templar knew that an invading force from abroad could never reach the heart of England.
“Being as far from the coast as possible and having one of the strongest monasteries in England, the choice of the Knights Templar at Sinai House was based both on practicality and reason.”
The historian adds that the monks at Burton Abbey were “notoriously dissidents with little loyalty to the Pope or to Rome”, which he says was likely a “decisive” factor in their choice.
For hundreds of years, attention has focused on the early occupations of the Temple Mount Order in Jerusalem and the relics that the Knights Templar might have found there.
Some believe that the Order may have already transferred the Holy Grail and the Ark of the Covenant, two essential parts of the Bible, but they have not been found.
The Ark of the Covenant can also be hidden there (Image: GETTY)
But historian Daniel Jones previously ruled out any possibility of discovering this.
He said, “If the Knights Templar had a secret treasure, it would still be a secret, but I don’t see a particular reason for having it.
“For the Holy Grail, there’s a connection, but it’s like the connection between James Bond Specter and MI6 – it’s in the imagination.
“It’s a very long history of entertainment and one of the most successful in the last 800 years.
“Was the Holy Grail real? No, of course not. It was a metaphor, a literary idea. We must not confuse it with the truth.”
“I’m not here to kill the fun, but our job is to present the facts as best we can. The Knights Templar has no fun without the legend, but just keep the story and legend separate.
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