There’s no doubt that the world is full of incredible treasures. Whether it’s a beautiful painting, an ancient artifact, or a priceless diamond ring, there are many ways to express yourself through art and objects. But what happens when those treasures go missing? In this article we’ll explore some of history’s greatest lost treasures—from the Menorah from the Second Temple to Montezuma’s lost gold—and how these items have been sought out over time.
The menorah has been a symbol of Jewish faith for thousands of years, and it played an important role in both temples built by King Solomon and King Herod. The first temple had seven branches that were lit on Shabbat (the Sabbath), but when the second temple was built by King Herod, there were only six branches because one had broken off during transport from Greece to Jerusalem. The menorah was destroyed when Titus’s Roman legions burned down Jerusalem in 70 CE–but now you can see what this lost treasure looked like thanks to recreations made by artist Jason Mecier!
The Ark of the Covenant is a wooden chest, built by Moses, that was used to store the Ten Commandments. It’s also known as “The Holy of Holies.” During the Babylonian conquest of Judah, King Nebuchadnezzar took the ark and carried it back to Babylon where it stayed until 586 BCE when Cyrus II conquered Babylon and allowed Jews to return home with their religious artifacts. However, some believe that they never actually returned with all their treasures because there are no records stating such an occurrence; meaning some people believe there could be still be hidden treasures somewhere out there waiting for us!
The Heirloom Seal of the Realm is an old, gold-plated seal that was used to stamp wax on documents. It features a crown at the top and had been held by every monarch of England since it was first created in 1340. The seal went missing during the English Civil War (1642-1651), but there are several theories as to how and why this happened: One theory is that Cromwell stole it himself after he became Lord Protector of England, Scotland and Ireland in 1653–he may have wanted to keep it as proof of his right to rule over all three countries after Charles II died without issue; another idea is that Charles II threw it into a river when he fled from Parliamentarian forces who were trying to arrest him after they took over London City; yet another version says that one member of parliament took possession of both documents because he felt they should belong only in his family’s hands after Charles II died without children or other relatives who could inherit them legally according to law.
This legendary Japanese sword is one of the Three Imperial Regalia of Japan and was used by the Japanese god Susanoo to slay an eight-headed serpent. It’s believed to be lost during the Nara period, but there are many theories as to where it went and what happened to it after that.
The Crown Jewels of England are the regalia and regalia of the British monarchy. They include The Imperial State Crown, which contains more than 3,000 diamonds and is made from gold that was mined in South Africa. It’s worn by Queen Elizabeth II during state occasions like coronations or weddings and the St Edward’s Crown, which was first worn by Edward I in 1296. He gave it to his son as a wedding present when he married Margaret of France at Westminster Abbey on November 14th.(1) This was also the first time that anyone saw something similar to what we think today as “crown jewels”–it had eight arches with fleur-de-lis decoration on top; four fleurs de lis were set into each arch.(2)
The Lost Treasure of Montezuma is a legendary lost treasure that has been sought after for hundreds of years. It is believed to be hidden in the mountains of Mexico and consists of gold, silver and jewels worth billions of dollars. The legend says that when Cortes arrived in Mexico City he was greeted by Montezuma who gave him many gifts as well as showing him his great treasures. When Cortes left for Spain he took some of these precious objects with him but when he returned he found that most had disappeared during his absence from them (some say they were stolen). The remaining objects were then buried somewhere near today’s city of Puebla de Los Angeles so no one could ever find them again!
We hope this list has given you some insight into the world of lost and hidden treasures, as well as some inspiration for your own journeys! If there’s one thing we can guarantee about these treasures, it’s that they’re worth seeing for yourself.