Authors Warren Getler, William Henry, and Glenn Kimball joined together in a round table discussion on the Knights Templar with a special emphasis on evidence for hidden Templar treasure in the United States.
The Templars began as a military order whose mission was to protect Christian pilgrims traveling to the Holy Land. Getler suggested their focus eventually shifted to the nine-year task of searching for hidden treasure and religious artifacts buried beneath the Temple Mount, the ancient site of the Temple of Solomon. It is not known what they found there, but whatever treasures were unearthed would have been brought back to their headquarters in France, Getler said.
Kimball noted the Templars were able to amass nearly limitless wealth at their treasury in Paris, and used their economic expertise to form the basis for the modern banking system. After being declared heretics by the Vatican and to escape persecution by King Phillip IV, the Templars fled from France to Scotland, Kimball added. Henry mentioned that the remaining Templar treasure could have been brought to Oak Island, Nova Scotia, and perhaps even distributed throughout the United States. More intriguing still, Getler believes that descendents of a 19th century neo-Templar organization, Knights of the Golden Circle, may currently be guarding hidden repositories of gold somewhere in America.