Rosslyn Chapel’s Ancient Bee Sanctuary
Rosslyn Chapel, founded in 1446, is a mediaeval treasure in stone located at Roslin, Midlothian, Scotland.
Back in 2010, when the chapel was being restored, workers found surprises among its pinnacles. When they took the pinnacles apart for repair, two of them enclosed hollow spaces the size of a gas tank. One of them also had an entrance through a carved stone flower on its exterior. And inside that pinnacle was a deserted bee hive. (The other hollow pinnacle had no stone-flower entrance.)
No-one knows why this sanctuary was purposefully built in a place where the bees and their honey are inaccessible.
One stonemason, Allan Gilmour, said that he had seen bees create hives within soft sandstone. They buried into the sandstone and created honeycombs. This weakened the stone. In the 15th century, hives were usually woven…
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