As part of a new documentary series by National Geographic called Lost Cities, archaeologist and show host Albert Lin and his team In October 2019, discovered a new network of hidden tunnels buried beneath the city of Acre in Israel.
This discovery was made with the help of a Light Detection and Ranging technology known as LiDAR.
This revolutionary tool allows archeologists to detect structures and artifacts that have been buried underneath the Earth’s surface through aerial scanning to produce accurate 3D maps.
Although the Knights Templar Order was disbanded by Pope Clement V in 1312 following conflicts between the crusading monks and King Philip IV of France, historians believe that these tunnels were built by the Knights Templar as a passageway to their treasure tower. According to Albert Lin:
“During the Crusades, the Knights Templar battled for God, gold, and glory and somewhere in the modern city of Acre lies their command center, and possibly their treasure.”
Based on a report by IFL Science, Albert Lin and his team scanned an area in the port of Acre believed to be where the Knights Templar’s fortress headquarters stood some 800 years ago.
The LiDAR survey revealed a hidden network of tunnels, and structure that is believed to be a guardhouse, buried beneath the modern city of Acre in Israel.
Report of the LiDAR scan suggests that these hidden tunnels may have connected the city’s port with the Knights Templar’s renowned treasure fortress.
This arrangement would have allowed the Templars to safely carry treasures from the city’s port to their treasure tower.
In his documentary for National Geographic called Lost Cities, the archeologist and show host, Albert Lin described the Knights Templar’s wealth as the stuff of legend. He said:
“These warrior monks are the stuff of legend, and so is their gold,”
No Plans To Excavate The Newly Discovered Tunnels
With the recent discovery of the hidden tunnels in Acre, experts like Albert Lin suspect that the Templars’ legendary treasures and command center could still be buried somewhere in these underground tunnels in the modern city of Acre.