Château de La Jarthe in France, once a refuge for Knights Templar
, is up for sale at the altogether reasonable asking price of 5.775 million euro (about $7.85 million). No, seriously, I think $8 million for a treasured historical building is a steal. We can hope that whoever buys it is sincerely interested in the facts of its history and those of the Templars, but I fear it will end up in the hands of someone more interested in exploiting it for its connection to Templar myth and perfectly willing to perpetuate the
bucket loads of misinformation popularized by books and films like The Da Vinci Code.
Hey, I never said I was an optimist. But I do hope my fears are groundless.
Find out more about the Château de La Jarthe at the
Raising the Roof Blog at NYTimes.com. And if you're interested in the facts about Templar history, and I hope that you are, check out our Knights Templar resources.
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