On July 4th, 1187 A.D., the Muslim forces of Saladin captured Jerusalem. Gone from the Knights Templar was the Holy City! But the Knights Templar had a backup plan, theorizes author Patrick Byrne, to duplicate Jerusalem in the south of France, near the village of Rennes-le-Chateau.
Thus reads the description of my latest video, “Templar Hep Cats”, published to YouTube on February 4, 2016. The clip, which clocks in at 7 minutes and 42 seconds, can hopefully be viewed at the top of today’s blog entry.
Only the hep cats watch my Popcorn News videos. The hep cats and catesses who watch Popcorn News are clued-in to hidden meaning in the Nicolas Poussin painting, The Shepherds of Arcadia.
The Poussin painting has Mount Cardou in the background. Mount Cardou is near Rennes-le-Chateau, in southern France.
On July 4th, 1187 A.D., the Muslim forces of Saladin captured Jerusalem. Gone from the Knights Templar was the Holy City! But the Knights Templar, in their time, were also hep cats. The Templar hep cats thought, “Why not duplicate Jerusalem someplace else?” They thought God was up in the sky someplace, and it would signify to the Almighty that Jerusalem had been relocated.
And so, theorizes Patrick Byrne, author of Templar Gold, the Ark of the Covenant, found by the Templars when they had excavated beneath the ruins of Solomon’s Temple, was taken to southern France, to the Languedoc-Roussilon region.
Is there, on or beneath Mount Cardou perhaps, the remains of a new Solomon’s Temple? Writes Byrne, “The existence of a temple in Pech Cardou can be readily resolved by physical exploration. If a temple is there, the question of whether the Knights Templar or Hospitaller created it can be confirmed or denied by archaeological examination.” 
The Temple, theorizes Byrne, was built underground because after the loss of the Holy Land, the Knights Templar fell into disfavor and eventually were persecuted. The Templars had the necessary expertise for underground excavations, and Pech Cardou is composed of soft limestone which is a very suitable rock for tunneling. 
There IS a great deal of mystery surrounding the Languedoc-Roussilon region in the south of France. In 2008, “rlcresearch” published a video to YouTube which shows a partial descent into an ancient shaft on Mount Cardou. 
But was it the Knights Templar, or was it the Cathars who were behind various unsolved mysteries in Languedoc-Roussilon? Or was it an amalgamation of Templars and Cathars? And is it the Ark of the Covenant, or is it something else, hidden beneath Mount Cardou?
——- Sources ——-
 Templar Gold: Discovering the Ark of the Covenant, by Patrick Byrne. Nevada City, CA: Blue Dolphin Publishing, 2001.
 “Templar Shaft inside Mount Cardou”, by rlcresearch. YouTube, March 1, 2008.