|United Grand Lodge of England|
|Freemason lodges in England|
Symbolism is important to the Freemason society, five and six pointed stars can be found all over the building.
|floor of the United Grand Lodge|
|Celling of the United Grand Lodge|
Other important Masonic symbols include:-
wheat = resurrection
lotus = waters of life
irises = eternal life
|doors to the Grand Temple, each door weighs 1¼|
|The Grand Temple|
The celling in the Grand Temple was really impressive and loaded with Masonic imagery and symbolism.
Corinthian pillars (representing beauty), the All-Seeing Eye, the hexalpha (star) and Helios, the sun God driving his chariot
|All-seeing Eye and Helios in the Grand Temple|
Ionic pillars (representing wisdom), the Ark of the Convent, Jacob's Ladder, King Solomon and King Hiram, who built the first temple in Jerusalem.
Resting against Jacob's ladder is the Volume of Sacred Law (any holy book displayed at a lodge meeting), a cross (faith), an anchor (hope) and a burning heart (charity). The golden squiggle at the top is the Hebrew character for YOD (Jehovah).
|Eastern side of the Grand Masonic Temple, with the Ark of the Covent, Jacobs Ladder and King Solomon and King Hiram|
Doric pillars (representing knowledge), the moon and serpent (ancient symbol of wisdom), Euclid and Pythagoras. The misshapen square thing is the 47th Proposition of Euclid which is a symbol worn by a Past Master of a Lodge
|Western side of the Grand Temple|
|Stained glass at the Freemasons' Hall|
|shrine at the Freemasons' Hall|
|stained glass in memoriam to the armed forces in the Grand Lodge|
|snazzy Freemason attire|
|Freemason jug (one of many that you can see in the museum)|
|Freemason Tea Caddy|
|I wasn't lying there actually is a Freemason light-bulb|
If you fancy paying The United Grand Lodge a visit, the library, Museum and the Grand Temple are free of charge and open Monday- Friday 10:00-17:00. The nearest tube is Holborn.