Mysterious medieval carvings found inside 800-year-old Knights Templar catacombs under Hertfordshire

Updated: Mar 28


THESE INCREDIBLE medieval carvings were found inside an 800-year-old Knights Templar cave underneath a bustling town centre.

Experts believe the etchings in the chalk walls of the ancient Royston Cave in Hertfordshire, depict a band of fighting Christian monks, who defended pilgrims to the Holy Land in 12th and 13th centuries

The underground chamber was once used by the knights that fought in the Crusades - which has been made famous by the Dan Brown book The Da Vinci Code.

The book speculates that they may have found and hidden the Holy Grail somewhere in the UK.

The cave, which lies under a busy junction of a Roman Road, comprises of cylindrical lower and bell-shaped upper parts totalling 17ft (5.2m) wide and 25.5ft (7.8m) high.

The order of the Knights Templar was founded by Hugh de Payens, a French nobleman from the Champagne region, along with eight of his companions, in Jerusalem around 1119.

Their ornate images, found inside the ancient monument, were captured by photographer Keith Jones.

One image of the carvings show two figures close together near a damaged section - all that remains of a Templar symbol showing two knights riding a horse.

Experts believe the etchings in the chalk walls of the ancient Royston Cave in Hertfordshire depict a band of fighting Christian monks

Some believe the cave's shape is modelled on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem

Other carvings show calvary scenes with Mary, the mother of Jesus, and John The Baptist - as well as a group believed to show the Holy Family - but uncertainty surrounds the remaining figures.

The official website for the cave says that the large panel on the left of St. Christopher "represents the Holy Sepulchre having a damaged figure of Christ awaiting the resurrection above the large niche on the left".

It continues: "Mary Magdalene, or an angel on the right-hand side sits on the stone rolled away f