© 2009-2014 Stephen Klimczuk and Gerald Warner of Craigenmaddie

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: MYSTERIOUS HERITAGE
Investigating (and, where necessary, debunking) the “Usual Suspects”

Rosslyn Chapel, Midlothian, Scotland

Rennes-le-Château, France: Wholly Bunk, Hoary Tale

Villa Tevere: The Headquarters of Opus Dei in Rome

The Hotel de Bilderberg and the Bilderberg Group, The Netherlands

Vauxhall Cross: London’s Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) Headquarters

Rosicrucian Park, San José, and Club 33, Anaheim, California

Chapter 2: SHRINES AND SANCTUARIES, ANCIENT AND MODERN
Places of primordial spiritual impulses and folklore—and a psychedelic West Coast enclave

Ise Shrine, Japan

Yasukuni Shrine, Tokyo

Jokhang Temple, Lhasa, Tibet

The Shrine of the Oracle at Delphi, Greece

The Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California

Chapter 3: THE TEMPLE, THE ARK, AND THE GRAIL
Undeniable surprises on the sober trail of Knights Templars, Freemasons, Holy Grail hunters, and Gnostics

The Bååtska Palace, Stockholm

The Chapel of the Ark, Aksum, Ethiopia

The Chapel of the Holy Grail, Valencia Cathedral, Spain

Significant Masonic Temples from Rome and Paris to Washington and Pushkin (Russia)

Gnosticism Today

Chapter 4: GOTHIC NIGHTMARE
Himmler’s “Black Camelot” and Nazi spiritual center, with side trips to other Germanic esoteric sites

Wewelsburg Castle, Westphalia, Germany

The Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland

Bollingen Tower, Lake Zurich, Switzerland

Chapter 5: CITADELS OF CHIVALRY
Remaining outposts of ancient noble and charitable brotherhoods at the service of humanity

The Knights of Malta, Rome

The Tuscan Order of St. Stephen Pope and Martyr, Pisa

The Teutonic Order

Chapter 6: GROTTOES AND GROTESQUES
Strange and historic passageways, caverns, and hiding places

The Passetto di Borgo, Rome

The Magic Door, Rome

The Grotto of the Beati Paoli, Palermo, Sicily

Priest Holes in England

Chapter 7: MODERN-DAY BOLT-HOLES
Secret government installations, well-oiled for use in time of war or crisis

Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center, Bluemont, Virginia

The Federal Relocation Arc

Area 51: The Facility That Does Not Exist, Nevada

RAF Menwith Hill, Yorkshire, England

Chapter 8: ISLANDS OF MYSTERY
Five special island sanctuaries with their unique treasure hoards, inaccessibility, or spiritual significance

Montecristo: The Forbidden Island, Off the Italian Coast

Easter Island: Mysterious Graven Images

Isle of Lewis, Scottish Hebrides

Iona: St. Columba’s Scottish Island Sanctuary

Svalbard: Norway’s Arctic Eden

Chapter 9: HOLIES OF HOLIES
Places on the trail of a higher reality, ultimate human destiny—and according to some, Apocalypse

Sancta Sanctorum, Rome’s Lateran Palace

The Pauline Chapel, The Vatican’s Apostolic Palace (including the “Prophecies” of St. Malachy)

The Monastery of St. Catherine of Sinai, Egypt

The Autonomous Monastic Republic of Holy Mount Athos, Greece

The Abbey of Sainte-Madeleine du Barroux, France

The Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

Her Majesty’s Chapels Royal of the Mohawks, Ontario, Canada

Chapter 10: HIDDEN TOTEMS
Treasured objects or talismans of great antiquity

The Stone of Destiny

The Holy Crown of St. Stephen of Hungary

The British and Polish Crown Jewels in Canada

The Holy Ampoule of the Kings of France

Joyeuse, the Sword of Charlemagne

The Holy Lance of St. Longinus: The “Spear of Destiny”

Oliver Cromwell’s Head

Chapter 11: (VERY) PRIVATE BANKING
A discreet tour through the great temples of high finance and private wealth management

Rothschilds, London

Banks That Are No More

The Great Survivors: Goldman Sachs and the House of Lazard

The Wealth Managers, including Coutts & Co.—the Queen’s Bankers

The Swiss Banks: Models of Discretion

The German Private Banks: Oppenheim, Warburg, and Others

A Well-Connected American House: Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.

The Enduring Allure of Gold

Chapter 12: UNIVERSITY SECRET SOCIETIES AND DUELING CORPS
Inside the closely guarded doors of fraternities and societies for the future elite, including a fraternity unlike any other

The Apostles of Cambridge and the Bullingdon Club of Oxford

Princeton’s Eating Clubs

Harvard’s Final Clubs

Yale’s Senior Societies: Skull and Bones and Its Rivals

The German University “Corps”

Chapter 13: JOLLY GOOD FELLOWSHIP
The lore, elegance, humor, and eccentricities of the great private clubs of London and the world

London’s Private Clubs

White’s: The Oldest Club

Boodle’s, Brooks’s, and Others of Distinction

Clubs Outside London and in Europe

America’s Private Clubs

Sanctuaries: The Enduring Tradition