The north wall of Rosslyn Chapel with the alleged corn.
It has been claimed that the above photo shows sweetcorn and its depiction has been used to reinforce a story that America was discovered by Scots 'Templars' and an Venetian, in 1398, nearly a century before Columbus.
Whether the story is true or not, if it wasn't suggested to you that this was sweet corn, would you really make such an association?
Other authorities suggest that the depiction is of either lilies which are carved elsewhere within the chapel, or sheaves of corn, perhaps illustrating the dream of Joseph.
I will leave it to your own intelligence to look at the photo and make your own decision.
Likewise there are alleged to be aloe cactus, again imported from the Americas. But could they not simply be wild strawberry leaves, a sign of the Trinity.
It is for the reader to decide if there is some hidden plot to partially conceal some strange key at Rosslyn or not.
The claims of Dan Brown about the chapel are almost all open to question. Most the the alleged secret depictions have a genuine Biblical symbolism.
The only certain Pagan representation is that of the Greenman a Celtic woodland God, but this is something common to many churches of the period throughout Scotland and England and even into Europe.
Please feel free to disagree with my interpretations, but please base your decision on fact and not on a novel!
Text by Graham Russell
Photos from Mark Oxbrow
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