Yet another interesting secret about Scotland’s Rosslyn Chapel has been discovered — but this time, it has more to do with honey than anything related to the Knights Templar.
The 650-year-old church, featured prominently in the book and movie The Da Vinci Code, has been undergoing restoration — thanks in large part to a dramatic increase in tourism as a result of the film. While working on a pair of pinnacles, architects found hidden inside what’s believed to be the oldest man-made stone beehives ever discovered. From the article,
The only clues were flowers carved into the pinnacles — with holes through which the bees could enter and exit. “We had no idea they were there,” said Mitchell. “The chapel has so many elaborate pinnacles, but we could not know what was going on behind. The two pinnacles are on the east gable side, and there was no outward sign that the hives were there other than the flower. The hives, measuring about 650mm high and 40mm in diameter, had the remains of honeycomb within them, although it is thought they have not been occupied for a decade.
The hives have now been fully restored — and officials are hopeful that the bees may return. That, or they may artificially introduce a package into at least one of the pinnacles. We just think it’s pretty damn cool that they were there to begin with.