French Excalibur disappeared from the rock where it had been stuck for the last 1300 years (4 photos)

Category: Archeology, PEGI 0+
6 July 2024

Investigators are puzzled by how the criminals managed to remove the mystical exhibit, firmly embedded in the wall next to the sanctuary.

"French Excalibur" disappeared from the rock in which it had been stuck for the past 1,300 years. The Durandal sword was stolen by unknown assailants, despite the fact that it was chained to a rock almost 10 meters above the ground.

Now the cliff-top village of Rocamadour (France) is left without its valuable tourist attraction. The head of the locality, Dominique Lenfant, admitted that local residents feel as if part of their soul was taken from them.

"We will miss the sword. It has been part of Rocamadour for centuries, and there is not a single guide who would not recommend seeing it during a tour," Lenfant said in an interview with a French newspaper.

The police have already begun an investigation, but investigators are puzzled by how the criminals managed to remove a mystical museum exhibit that was firmly embedded in the wall next to the sanctuary.

According to legend, this sword cannot be broken, and thanks to the sharpest blade, its owner could cut through boulders with one blow. The weapon was first presented to Emperor Charlemagne, and then the relic passed to his nephew Roland, the legendary knight.

The Durendal sword is mentioned in the 11th century poem "The Song of Roland", in which the author tells readers about its magical powers, as well as the fact that it contains the tooth of St. Peter, the blood of St. Basil and the hair of St. Denis.

It is said that Roland, before his death, tried to break his sword on a rock so that it would not fall into the hands of the Saracen army, with which he fought bravely at the Roncevaux Pass. The knight threw the sword into the valley, it flew many kilometers and stuck into the rock of Rocamadour.

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