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Location address: United Kingdom, Midlothian
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A peculiar story is linked to “the Apprentice Pilar” of the Rosslyn Chapel. The “Apprentice Pillar”, or “Prentice Pillar”, gets its name from an 18th century legend involving the master mason in charge of the stonework in the chapel and his young apprentice. According to the legend, the master mason did not believe that the apprentice could perform the complicated task of carving the column, without seeing the original which formed the inspiration for the design. The master mason travelled to see the original himself, but upon his return was enraged to find that the upstart apprentice had completed the column anyway. In a fit of jealous anger the mason took up his mallet and struck the apprentice on the head, killing him. As punishment for his crime, the master mason’s face was carved into the opposite corner to forever gaze upon his apprentice’s pillar.
The chapel of Rosslyn was founded by William Sinclair, descended from Norman knights, in the 15th century. The Chapel has featured in speculative theories regarding Freemasonry and the Knights Templar.
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Rosslyn Chapel, formally known as the Collegiate Chapel of St Matthew, was founded on a small hill above Roslin Glen as a Catholic collegiate church (with between four and six ordained canons and two boy choristers) in the mid-15th century. Rosslyn Chapel and the nearby Roslin Castle are located at the village of Roslin, Midlothian, Scotland.
The unraveling of the book “The Da Vinci Code” takes place in this small town south of Edinburgh, at the Roslyn Chapel. Based on this book, the plan of the church is based on the Temple of Solomon.
Rosslyn Chapel is a fifteenth century Catholic Church near Edinburgh in Scotland brimming with mysterious carvings.