The Ley line Group visits
the Cathedral of Chartres
Many answers based upon the Building History
The Black Madonna
The message of the Templars
Message of the Templars -2-
The building history of the cathedral of Chartres
gives many answers
Robert and Susan visited the Cathedral of Chartres south of Paris
together with other members of the Ley Line Group.
The veil of the Virgin.
This authentic veil is researched and dated exactly in the First Century.
Because of the relic the cathedral of Chartres was already very famous in the
early Middle Ages.
The hill Saint Fort upon which the Cathedral was built,
was the center of Celtic religion.
Julius Ceasar wrote about this hill and the dolmen where the Druids were initiated.
Still the Templars were focused on telling their message in the cathedral.
The Templars were an amazing group of people
The goal of our visit was to find the creative spirit, the inspiration
and the message of the Templars.
The Templars were building 21 cathedrals in this area in a time span of about 40 years.
Why this enormous effort and how could this be financed?
Is there a message in all this coming from the Templars
towards us spanning the centuries?
The North East side of the Cathedral has big walls going down about 40 meters in total.
The feeling of the Ley Line Group is
that the entrance towards the cellars inside the hill is hidden here.
There is enough space between the original soil of the building place and
the floor of the cathedral, at least 12 meters and more.
Together we went towards the Cathedral of Chartres as an object for study,
because the Cathedral of Chartres was given priority by the Templars.
This cathedral was finished as one big project
without break or financial hesitation within 26 years.
The master builder of the cathedral had the building plan
ready to start construction within a year,
which gives an idea of the high priority of this cathedral!
Building History of the Cathedral of Chartres
The building history is very important to understand why we think
that a megalithic monument (a dolmen) and more cellars
can be in existance below the cathedral.
The crypt is the floor of the cathedral of Fulbert.
Below the crypt lies the ruin of the Carolingian cathedral
of which the chapel of Saint Libuin is the UPPER part.
Below the Carolinginian ruins are the Gallo-Roman and Celtic remains.
Al these levels certainly had crypts and cellars.
The Southportal of the cathedral is much higher then the surroundings.
In reality the floor level of the cathedral is 12 meters higher
then the floor level of the dolmen below it.
Also the Jupiter temple and the Merovingian cathedral are below.
Southside of the ship of the cathedral.
The stones in the floor are still original!
Below this floor are remnants of the older cathedrals
with their cellars and
somewhere is also the original dolmen.
The cathedral of Chartres has been built on top of the older cathedrals
who came before this definitive building.
The difference in height between the floor of this Gothic cathedral
and the original soil is somewhat more then 12 meters.
Not every detail of the older buildings is known.
Remnants have been found of the Carolingian cathedral.
The so called chapel of Saint Lubain is part of this Carolingian cathedral,
but not the lower part of the chapel, but the upper part of six meters.
Windows of the crypt in the cellar.
The crypt is the floor level of the preceding Cathedral of Fulbert.
Small window on the Northside of the crypt.
The window is of Roman style, like the cathedral of Fulbert was of Roman style.
Below the chapel of Saint Lubain deep in the cellar is still a space of about three meters
before the original floor of the Carolingian cathedral is reached.
Because the Carolingian cathedral will also have had a cellar
to hide costly objects in the medieval time of plunderers, it is very likely that there is space
below the chapel of Saint Lubain, both because the lower part of the Carolingian cathedral
is still there and maybe an ancient cellar of Carolingian or Merovingian origin.
It is even possible that the cellar originates in the ancient Roman or Celtic buildings.
It seems that there has not been any archeological research into this subject.
This could indicate that the cellar is kept secret.
The crypt of the Chartres cathedral is more or less the old floor of the Roman cathedral that burned down in 1194.
In the first wall below the cathedral is this little door.
Entrance of cellars?
Another door at the garden level below.
A double door at the garden level.
Unexplained doorway and staircase in the crypt.
There is enough space below the cathedral to have cellars and cavities.
There are apparantly entrances into this area at the original leel of the hill.
The building history is as follows:
First there was a megalithic monument, a so-called dolmen.
It is known that Chartres was the capital of the Celts and the Druidic religion.
Julius Ceasar mentions this dolmen in his book.
The Romans did built a temple on this place.
It is not known which temple. On other places, like Utrecht in the Netherlands,
there was a Jupiter temple below the cathedral.
The mighty walls of this Jupiter temple are still supporting
the pillars of the Chartres cathedral, namely the choir pillars.
Also the West East orientation of the cathedral was disturbed by those mighty ancient walls.
Still visible are the ruins of one of the three Christian churches
that preceded the building of the cathedrals.
Three Christian churches were built more or less surrounding the Roman and Celtic buildings.
Also the healing well of Saint Fort was in between those three Christian churches.
The healing well played an important part in the Celtic religion.
The picture shows the ruines of one of the three Christian churches built
on the orginal level of the Jupiter temple and the dolmen and two other churches.
This again illustrates how much higher the present cathedral is built then the original buildings.
In 511AD the Merovingian kings started building the first cathedral of Chartres.
This was small building with crooked lines of pillars, because the Merovingian builders
had to stay in line with the mighty Roman and Celtic buildings.
The entrance of the Merovingian cathedral was on the North side.
This is the case with many Christian buildings of that early time.
In 743AD the Carolingian builders started to build their cathedral,
this is the second cathedral of Chartres.
In the cellar on the North side are pieces of ancient walls visible,
both from the Roman times between 100AD and 450AD
and from the Merovingian cathedral between 743AD and 858AD.
The cathedral was build over the Roman and Celtic buildings,
filling in the soil with rocks and debris.
The mighty walls of the Roman building were integrated
in the fundamentals of the Carolingian cathedral.
The chapel of Saint Lubain was part of this cathedral.
The well of Saint Fort.
This was the holy well of the Druids.
This well is half integrated in the wall of the cathedral of Fulbert.
This was done in the year 1020AD
The well was forgotten after some time and in 1904AD the well of Saint Fort was found back
by archeological investigations.
The well of Saint Fort was kept outside this Carolingian cathedral.
Very likely at that time the well of Saint Fort was still used for the ancient religion.
In 1020 the third cathedral in Roman style was built over the Carolingian construction,
taking away the top part of the Carolingian cathedral,
may be using the debris to fill in the soil again to have a building level
on the level that is today the bottom of the crypt.
The Roman cathedral was very famous, called the Cathedral of bishop Fulbert.
The front of the Cathedral at the West side.
The start of the building of the front was around 1134AD.
The towers were standing in front and apart of the older cathedral of Fulbert and
that is the reason that this part of the cathedral did not burn down in 1194AD.
The towers are enormous and there are at least five levels of rooms.
The left tower is much higher then the right tower, but this was done centuries later
by local nobility who wanted higher tower for some reason.
In 1194AD this Roman cathedral of Fulbert burned down.
Coincidentally the building of the two towers of the fifth Gothic cathedral was already started in 1134AD.
The two towers were standing separately from the Roman cathedral,
so they were not damaged by the great fire.
The towers were placed more to the West on the real soil of the place
without filling in the building level with debris.
The Black Madonna in the cellar.
This wooden statue is an exact copy of the statue that was destroyed in the French revolution.
This statue was apparantly venerated in the cathedral of Fulbert
between 1020AD and 1194AD.
The relation with the Isis tradition of the Roman soldiers is visible.
We also found a Mary in the Cellar in Utrecht.
To compensate for the cellar place of the Black Madonna the veneration of the Black Madonna on the Pillar
was instituted in the ship of the Gothic cathedral.
The building of the Gothic cathedral is a miracle.
In only 26 years the building was finished. This gives two mysteries:
-where did al those building people come from?
-who did pay for the building?
The second question is partly solved by saying
that the order of Templers payed most of the money.
This leaves unanswered where they did find the enormous resources to finance such a big cathedral.
It is known that local groups of people,
specially nobility and handicraft people were bringing in contributions.
Still the financing is unexplained.
Also in later centuries additions were being made,
which goes to far to go into details.
Ancient window in the crypt.
This window is from a deeper level then the Fulbert cathedral.
Thus window must be Carolingian of even Merovingian.
So the cathedral is build as a fortress.
The Templars gave a sign of their presence.
The angel figures indicate that something important is to guarded.
The building history indicates the presence of many more cellars then are known.
Does this lead to a conclusion?
There is reason to suppose that there are entrances and cellars below the present
floor level of the cathedral.
Is it possible that even the original dolmen is still there?
The Black Madonna
The message of the Templars
Message of the Templars -2-
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