November 03, 2003: Freemason's Hall, London

The Freemason's Hall close to Covent Garden in London is the headquarters of the United Grand Lodge of England. I walked past last week and took come photographs.

Curiously Claudia explained some Freemasonic symbolism in her weblog over the weekend. Personally I have never studied much about the Freemasons, and I was surprised to find Hebrew inscriptions and symbolism on the outside the building. Anyone know what's up?

(more info about the building here, here and here. The Wikipedia tells more about the history of the freemasons themselves...)

Comments

The hebrew stands for 'Holiness to
the Lord'.

The coat of arms symbolism can be found here: http://www.grandlodge-england.org/ugle/coatof-arms.htm

The latin inscription is part of 'Audi, vide, tace, si vis vivere in pace' which is an old european proverb meaning 'Listen, see, be silent - if you wish to live in peace'.

Posted by: Claudia at November 3, 2003 09:02 PM

Well done - great Google-work there (I presume? ;-) )

Posted by: Anders at November 4, 2003 02:41 PM

i would like 2 know where i can find some information on freemason in london and what buildings or sites i can find so i can film it for my class project

Posted by: sam at December 8, 2004 10:39 AM

why do the angels have goat legs? is that the arc of the covenant on top? i don't like it....

Posted by: nevess at April 16, 2005 08:16 AM

I saw a documentary which explained audi, vinci, tace roughly as: listen, gain insight, and keep quiet. in other words, listen to the world, gain insight as to what is really going on, and shut the hell up about it.

Posted by: Fred at May 31, 2005 07:23 PM
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