by Patrick Bernauw on 06/11/08 at 9:15 am
Here are some amazing True Treasure Stories, that need further exploration! So Mr. or Mrs. Indiana Jones… Are you ready to start a True Treasure Hunt?
The Holy Blood, aka The Holy Grail… lost in Bruges!
King Arthur’s Knights of the Round Table searched for it… The cup from which Jesus drank wine at the Last Supper and that was later filled with his blood, at Golgotha. Legend says this “Holy Blood”, also known as “the Holy Grail” (Sang Real = San Greal = Saint Grail) was brought to Britain. Treasure hunters are searching the Holy Grail in places like Glastonbury, in southern France, or even in Spain… and that is very strange, because the one and only Holy Blood was found by the Knights Templar and the Count of Flanders on Christmas Day 1148, in the Holy Grave in Jerusalem! They brought it to Bruges, the Venice of the Nord, where you still can see it in the Chapel of the Holy Blood. But some say that it is a false relic, and that the one and only real Holy Grail was hidden somewhere in a house in Bruges. Eat your heart out, Dan Brown!… And start with his article: The Holy Blood of Bruges, a New Jerusalem - or do it when Visiting Bruges-la-Morte, a medieval ghost city!
The Stolen Panel of the Mystic Lamb
The polyptych known as “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb” was painted in the 15th century by the “Flemish Primitives” Jan and Hubert Van Eyck. It is regarded as one of the artistic highlights of Western civilisation and you can still visit it in the Saint Bavo Cathedral in Ghent, Belgium. But one of the many oak panels is missing: “The Just Judges” was stolen in April 1934. A certain “D.U.A.” wrote a letter to the bishop of Ghent, stating he would return the panel if he could receive a “fee” of 1 million Belgian francs. Instead of 1 million francs, the bishop only would pay 25.000 francs… Some months later, Arsène Goedertier collapsed after a speech at a political rally. Before succumbing, he could tell a friend that he was the only man who knew where the stolen painting was situated. He had a file on that crime at home. The police investigated the file and did find something that looked like a code, but could not break the code. If you visit the city of Ghent, make sure you go to the Cathedral of Saint Bavo and see its most treasured piece of art, The Mystic Lamb… with the replica of the Just Judges. The whole story is here, and only during the city game that we organize in Ghent, the invaluable treasure can be found by true treasure hunters: