Knights Templar to Seek Traces of Order's Members in Bulgaria
The statement was made at a Saturday press conference, given by the Order in the National Palace of Culture in Sofia.
The order is to finance the initiative, called "Nisovo Project", is to be launched after Russe citizens signalled they noticed "interesting stone crosses" in the region.
The Templar Knights consider also making archaeological excavations in the town of Veliko Tarnovo, where they will look for a medieval catholic temple.
In order to achieve that aim, the knights will prepare a joint program with the Mayor Rumen Rashev.
Bulgaria's Prior Rumen Ralchev has announced the order is to built one of the most modern houses for old people in Europe, which will be situated near the seaside town of Kavarna.
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Aside from the Da Vinci Code nonsense, doing charitable work for the sick and elderly is what these these groups have been known for. Building a retirement center/rest home for Bulgarian elderly is very honorable of this particular group (if it will ever come about) but this puts the Bulgarian government in a not-so-favorable light, because the government is supposed to take care of it's own elderly and infirmed without the aid of outside groups...but the support is much appreciated by the aged, none the less. Now the question is: when are these retirement centers/homes going to be built?
This is of course, mainly a load of old tosh (to use a more polite phrase than I am normally inclined to use).
I mean - there may well be traces of the original Knights Templar to be found - there would be nothing surprising in this in Bulgaria. However to say that it is the "Knights Templar" doing the searching it not really correct. The Knights Templar ceased to exist a long time ago. These days there are several groups all claiming to be the inheritors of the organisation - but they're all modern groups set up to try and capture some of that glory. That is not to say that some of them are perfectly good charitable organisations doing good work - what they are not is Knights Templar.