Thursday, August 24, 2006

Da Vinci code fans wreck church window in Holy Grail hunt | the Daily Mail

Da Vinci code fans wreck church window in Holy Grail hunt | the Daily Mail:

"Until recently, the 14th century church was a place to enjoy some peace and contemplation.

But now things have radically changed for St Luke's Church in the village of Hodnet, Shropshire, with visitors lured by claims that it is linked to the Holy Grail mystery.

And some, it seems, will go to any lengths to discover the beautiful church's secrets - even if it means taking a hammer and chisel to the walls.

The Reverend Charmian Beech blamed a pair of 'Da Vinci Code-style' treasure hunters for causing thousands of pounds worth of damage as they searched for clues to help them find the Grail.

Stonework was chipped off in four areas inside her church as the offenders tried to remove blocks from the walls to see what is behind them, she said.

The chief suspects are two shadowy Italian men who visited the church that day.

Mrs Beech said: 'They have taken a hammer and chisel and gouged great big bits of the stone wall.

'Any deliberate damage to a holy place is a serious offence so we are really upset."

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