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PostPosted: 30 Mar 2010 2:07 pm 
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Rosslyn Chapel was haven for bees
An ancient chapel has revealed a new mystery with the discovery of a 600-year-old hive built into the stones.
Builders renovating Rosslyn Chapel, which was made famous in The Da Vinci Code, found the "unprecedented" hive while dismantling a rooftop pinnacle.
The bees entered the hive through a hole in a carved flower crafted by the chapel's master stone masons.....

Full story at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/8594724.stm


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PostPosted: 30 Mar 2010 2:55 pm 
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Le frelon est une grosse guêpe sociale -- it's a hornet.

Bee-keeping is one of those things I'd like to have done, and may still do some day, like falconry and stained-glass making. You may well be right; I don't know. It will be interesting to see what the local bee-keepers say.


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PostPosted: 30 Mar 2010 4:19 pm 
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Thanks David! Good to hear from you.

Hi Roger!

In Part 3 of my article on Bees I reference the essence of this, and have a photo:

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Roslyn Chapel was founded by William Sinclair, 1st Earl of Caithness, in the 15th century and is renowned for what many believe to be an elaborate display of Masonic symbolism. In fact, some believe that the chapel contains treasures of the Knights Templar or even the Holy Grail itself. Hyperbole aside, Roslyn Chapel does in fact contain a splendidly carved column known as the Apprentice Pillar, or the Princes Pillar as it was called in more ancient accounts. The pillar, which stands to the right of the church altar, is adorned with what is generally regarded as Tree of Life symbolism; two dragons of Yggdrasil – the World Tree according to Norse Mythology - reside at its base while a masonry vine spirals vertically around the column, drawing our attention to the ceiling. The Tree of Life symbolism has its roots – no pun intended – in the Jewish Cabala, a discipline that has much to say about the Bee, as we shall soon see.

Recent theories put forth by Alan Butler and John Ritchie in their book; ‘Rosslyn Revealed: A Library in Stone’, suggest that the ceiling above the Princes Pillar represents “paradise” on earth. And serendipitously – or allegedly by design - on the roof of chapel we find a curious stone Beehive with a lone flower petal entrance that was home to Bees for as long as anyone can remember – as least until they were removed in the 1990’s. However, the existence of the Beehive in the proximity of the vine recalls a biblical account of a staff that grows into a great tree, with; “a vine twisted around it and honey coming from above." As is often the case, hundreds of years on the original intent of such symbolism is often forgotten. And in this instance, one is forgiven for speculating that the design of the roof, ceiling and Princes Pillar were intended to reflect the role of Bees and honey in the greater context of Paradise and the World Tree of Life.

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PostPosted: 31 Mar 2010 11:01 am 
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Andrew Gough wrote:
Thanks David! Good to hear from you.

Just passing by (or bee), Andy. Sorry, I don't have enough time for any more than intermittent attendance here...


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