Saturday, May 26, 2012

House of the Temple and The Lost Symbol

"This colossal edifice, located at 1733 Sixteenth Street NW in Washington, D.C., was a replica of a pre-Christian temple - the temple of King Mausolus, the original mausoleum...a place to be taken after death." The Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown (think Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons)

In Washington, D.C., one cannot turn around without viewing Masonic influenced architecture, whether you know what your looking at or not.  It's everywhere!  More than a few of the Founding Fathers were Freemasons, and it shows.  Although a work of fiction, Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol is a good place to start reading.  All the places and symbols mentioned in the book are real, and you can do your own research from there.  Besides, it's a good read.

Behind the temple is a bust of George Washington, Freemason and First President written on the stone.  In the top picture, to the right of the bust and just to the right of the little tree is the Corner Stone, the northeast corner of the temple. 

The inscription above the door says "Freemasonry builds its temples in the hearts of men and among nations."

I didn't get to tour the temple, but intend to return.  Apparently, the temple houses the oldest library in Washington.  This seems like a grand claim considering the Library of Congress and the Folger Shakespeare library houses the most complete collection of Shakespeare manuscripts in the country.  Who knows, it may be true.  At any rate, I will be back to tour this building. 

To get an idea for the scale of this beautiful and massive building, you can see a man walking in the bottom, left side of the below picture.  


  1. It's amazing how DC always has something new to see...

  2. Still can't believe I haven't read this book, given how much I love D.C. Great pics!

  3. Deej, I recommend the book before your next trip to the city. I am in and out of DC all the time and looked with new eyes after doing some research. As with most cities like this, it has thin layers to be peeled back and appreciated.

    Tony, just up the street from the Temple is the Meridian Hill Park which is worth a look, too. The walk from the park to the Temple is lined with embassies, my son having to stop and ponder each one as we walked, placing each on the map he carries in his mind. A great experience!