A group of scientists believe the Holy Grail and other lost objects, which according to Christian mythology were guarded by the Knights Templar, may be located in the rural district Hrunamannahreppur in southwest Iceland.
“There are strong indications that the solution to this mystery may be found in Iceland,” architect Thórarinn Thórarinsson wrote in a letter to the local authority of Hrunamannahreppur, requesting permission for himself and Italian cryptographer Giancarlo Gianazza to search for the treasure in the region, visir.is reports.
According to visir.is, Gianazza believes to have found important clues to where the Holy Grail is hidden in poems by Dante and artwork by Leonardo da Vinci and other Renaissance painters. His research has led him to conclude that the treasure is located in a five-meter-large secret underground dome by Skipholtskrókar near Kjölur mountain pass.
One of the clues is a consistency between da Vinci’s painting of the Last Supper and an aerial photograph of the area. (Click here to see a picture overlaying the painting and the aerial photograph.)
The theory is that the Knights Templar came to Iceland in 1217 to find a hiding place for their treasure and that Snorri Sturluson, the author of Prose Edda and other mediaeval scripts, helped them create the underground dome in Iceland’s central highlands.
“We have investigated that place since 2004 with field work both in summer and winter and undertaken extensive geological measurements,” Thórarinsson said in his letter. “The information that we have gathered during these trips as well as further research of original sources give us reason to investigate the area in more detail.”
Thórarinn was given permission by the local authority of Hrunamannahreppur to dig a two-meter-deep and five-meter-wide ditch by Skipholtskrókar with the condition that the ditch will be closed after the research is done.
“Although we have our doubts, we think this project is exciting,” said head of the local authority Ísólfur Gylfi Pálmason. “It is at least a different kind of project than what we have to deal with on a daily basis.”