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In Gisors, the mysterious theft of a Norman flag by "Templars"


The repeated flight of the Norman flag from the keep of the Euroise city causes a stir and the mystery thickens, as individuals claim to

Could the flight of the Norman flag in place above the keep of the castle of Gisors (Eure) be the work of admirers of the famous religious-military order of the Templars?

The inhabitants have again seen the absence of the regional emblem in recent days at the top of their old fortress.

Because, on the night of April 22 to 23, the doors of the building were forced open and the flag stolen, for the third time in the past seven months.

A few weeks earlier, the Norman flag hoisted at the top of the circular keep had even been replaced by a white sheet flocked to the marker of a red cross, and which floated an entire day over the city before municipal officials discovered it.

The work of neo-Templars?

Unlike previous intrusions, those responsible have left a trace of their passage.

In a video montage broadcast on the Internet at the end of April, under the title "Resumption of Gisors by the Temple", successively appear the still image of a man with a raised fist, draped in the white coat with the red cross of the Templars and holding their flag. banner, then the confusing video of two people climbing a rope ladder at night leading to the dungeon window.

Finally, the montage shows the image of the keep of Gisors, at the top of which floats the standard of order.

“It's sad,” comments Anne Puech d'Alissac, deputy mayor of Gisors in charge of heritage.

How could they go to the checkmate and change the flag?

The castle is closed every evening.

They therefore climbed the fence to enter the park, succeeded in passing a second closed gate, forced the door of the keep.

Taking risks is important.

And we clearly recognize, on the video, the characteristics of the interior and the top of the dungeon.

It is a real demand.


A treasure in the city?

The order of knight soldiers, which appeared in 1118 and dissolved in the 14th century, fell somewhat later, but knight monks and their overflowing iconography have been the subject of renewed interest and many fantasies since. the 19th century.

Several historical facts and legends make Gisors a high place of the Templar imagination.

Thus, it is in this same keep of the castle that the dignitaries of the order were imprisoned, including the great master Jacques de Molay, before the powerful brotherhood was dissolved.

In Gisors, in the 1960s, the very fantasized hidden treasure of the Templars was also searched for during excavations requested by the Ministry of Culture, while the former guardian of the place claimed ten years earlier to have discovered a chapel. secret and underground rooms.

Nothing was discovered but the myth continues to this day.

"We're definitely not going to give them the dungeon!"


Did the perpetrators of the flag fly take inspiration from these stories and legends?

The end of their video is in any case embellished with these words: "The Order of the Temple wishes to buy back for a symbolic euro this property which was looted in the past.

We have already begun to establish ourselves by raising our standard in place of that of the usurper.

We condemn any act of vandalism which will have degraded our walls and our doors as well as the withdrawal of our colors.

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True admirers of order or authors of a bad joke, those responsible for the theft did not make the municipality of Gisors smile at all.

"We're definitely not going to give them the dungeon!"

Instead, we are going to order a new Norman flag and it is this one that will fly over the capital of Norman Vexin ”, assures Anne Puech d'Alissac.

Ulcerated, the municipality complained to the gendarmerie and is considering a better way to secure the premises.

“Our castle was a victim of these people, but also the work of municipal officials.

This is a cost for our citizens who are attached to a single symbol: the Norman flag.

Not that of the Templars.


Source: leparis

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