Secret Places, Hidden Sanctuaries

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Secret Places, Hidden Sanctuaries: Uncovering Sites, Symbols, and Societies
Author Stephen Klimczuk and Gerald Warner of Craigenmaddie
Cover artist Ben Gibson / Ben Gibson Studio
Language English
Subject Travel essays; Parapsychology; Occultism; Antiquities; Sacred sites; Curiosities and wonders
Publisher Sterling Publishing, New York / London
Publication date
November 3, 2009 (US first edition)
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 272 pp
ISBN 978-1-4027-6207-9

Secret Places, Hidden Sanctuaries: Uncovering Mysterious Sites, Symbols, and Societies is a 2009 book called a "robust and skeptical look at the kind of esoteric nonsense celebrated in The Da Vinci Code."[1]

The book itself covers various sites and societies favored by conspiracy theorists and unexplained mystery enthusiasts, including Rosslyn Chapel, Area 51, Skull and Bones, Opus Dei, the Esalen Institute, Mount Weather, Heinrich Himmler's Wewelsburg Castle, Montecristo island and Disneyland's Club 33.[2][3]

In this work, the authors seek to put forward new evidence (and novel theories)[citation needed] about some 150 controversial places and legends, including the following hypotheses:

  • That the Mediterranean island of Montecristo, an Italian government exclusion zone forbidden to visitors without special permission, may conceal the greatest hidden treasure of all time—the immense booty of Turkish pirate and admiral Turgut Reis.
  • That contrary to the commonly held view that Yale's Skull and Bones society was founded as a chapter or branch of a German university "corps", it bears none of the hallmarks of a student corps, but rather resembles the esoteric and Masonic lodges of early 19th-century Germany.


  1. ^ "Look out, Dan Brown and all the kooks – there's a new book on the block and we're on your case". The Daily Telegraph. London. September 16, 2009. Retrieved May 23, 2010. 
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  3. ^ "Review of Secret Places Hidden Sanctuaries". First Things. London. June 2010. Retrieved July 24, 2016. 

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