Top 10 Possible Locations Of The Ark Of The Covenant

The Ark of the Covenant. A gold-plated chest known for being the abode of the Ten Commandments: two stone tablets stating the ten most fundamental principles of Jewish and Christian life, and the basis of most, if not all, judicial laws of the modern world. The widely-accepted current belief is that it vanished from history after the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem. But some would beg to differ, even going so far as to say they’re in possession of it. So I bring to you 10 locations where the Ark apparently can be found.

Rosslyn Chapel

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Hey, I know that place. Well you’re not wrong at all. Featured in 2003 film The Da Vinci Code, this 15th-century Anglican chapel in southern Scotland has long been the centre of rumours about the Holy Grail and the Knights Templar, and now the Ark. But the Chapel and Jerusalem are 5510km apart (via the A3 motorway of course) so where’s the link?

Following publication of the 1982 book The Holy Book and The Holy Grail written by Baigent, Leigh and Lincoln, theories came up suggesting that the Chapel was a reproduction of Solomon’s Temple, where the Ark was originally stored in its glorious days. Could this small, innocent place of worship just be a reminder of Israel’s past, or is there a deeper, hidden connection?

Mt. Tsurugi

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I can almost guarantee you weren’t expecting this one. Located on the Japanese island of Shikoku, this mountain is the second highest in western Japan and is a spiritual centre of Shugendo, an ancient ascetic religion. Still don’t get it, do you? Allow me to explain.

Masanori Takane, thought of as a Japanese Indiana Jones (badass) , found striking similarities between the Bible and Japanese chronicles of myths and legends, and after extensive research concluded that the Ark was on Mt. Tsurugi. However, after excessive excavations, his beliefs didn’t come to fruition and the Ark wasn’t discovered. What’s interesting though is the Tsurugisan Hozoseki Shrine Ceremony, a ritual that occurs here where a large golden shrine is carried by poles by men dressed in white robes, oddly similar to the Jewish rituals of the Ark in Solomon’s age. I wouldn’t touch that shrine if I were you…

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