Frank Albo theorizes the legislature of Manitoba, a province in Canada, is a “beacon of the occult.” While many scoff at the notion, through years of research Albo collected evidence showing the building, which houses the provincial government in the city of Winnipeg, is not your typical building.
Albo, who has researched eastern religions, says he was driving by the Manitoba legislature in 2001, when he noticed two stone sphinxes perched on the roof. These were clearly Egyptian icons and he wondered why such symbols would be on a building in the middle of Canada.
His interest peaked, Albo started a five-year study of the building, which started construction in 1912 and completed in 1920, 300% over budget.
As he poked around the immense structure, he realized it honored a number of ancient deities. At the same time, it incorporated many of the fundamental ideals of Freemasonry in its architecture. Not surprisingly, he discovered the chief designer of the building, Frank Simon, had been schooled in free masonry design techniques.
Freemasonry combines elements of the temple worship of many ancient eastern religions (particularly Egyptian) and Judaism in its traditions. Albo describes the legislature as “the Da Vinci code” in stone.
Albo, who is a research fellow at the University of Winnipeg, received a small grant from the government to further research his theories.
On top of the legislature’s dome is a 5.25 meter statue — the infamous “Golden Boy.” According to Albo, it is the Greek god Hermes, “the father of all occult sciences.”
Other eastern gods highlighted in the legislature include “Medussa” — a god who turned people into stone and Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom and military victory. There is also an icon with a winged hat suggesting it’s the god Mercury, a Roman god of finance.
One large female statue called Lady Manitoba bears a striking resemblance to the Mesopotamia fertility goddess Ishtar.
The two large buffalo on the front steps are reminiscent of the large bulls found at the entrance of many ancient eastern temples. These bulls were supposed to ward off evil.
He even found hieroglyphics carved on Sphinx statutes. When translated, they read:
“to the firm and everlasting manifestation of the Sun-God Ra (do your work).”
Throughout the legislature, Albo found repeated evidence of its Masonic architectural roots, made famous by the book the Da Vinci Code. This included:
- The use of the Golden Mean in construction — the Golden Mean is a rectangular proportion consisting of 1 to 1.618034 ratio. It was considered the most pleasing dimension in construction and was a incorporated in many ancient temples.
- Using Freemason’s cubit length of 14.4 inches, the reception area for the Governor General’s office matched exactly the dimensions of Holy of Holies in Solomon’s temple — another common thread of Freemasonry. Albo even discovered a representation of the Ark of Covenant above the door to the Governor Generals Reception room. It is a carving consisting of a box guarded on either side by an Indian and British warrior — similar to the Ark of the Covenant which had Cherubim on either side
- Other Freemasonry design features include a repeating number sequence developed by Fibonacci, a 12th century mathematician. The sequence consists of a pattern of numbers where each number is the sum of the previous two numbers: i.e. 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, etc). These number were considered a part of the ‘divine blueprint’ and many such as 3 5, 8 and 13 were incorporated into the construction — such as the 3 flights of stairs consisting of 13 steps.
When asked why the architect went to so much trouble incorporating this symbolism into the detail of the building, Albo believe it was done because the city of Winnipeg is the center point of the North American continent.
Because of this, Albo says it may have been constructed to serve as a talisman “to harness energy and ward off evil.”
Some wonder if it is having the opposite effect.
- A building of secret encoded clues, by Katherine Harding (Globe and Mail: February 18, 2005)
- Masonic Interpretation of Manitoba Legislative Building by Frank Albo
- The Back Page by Ian Chodifoff (http://www.canadianarchitect.com/)