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8 Secret Symbols Hidden In Plain Sight In Washington, DC

America's capital is full of symbols, but not all of those images are purely patriotic. For every starred and striped flag and bald eagle, hidden symbols lurk in every corner of Washington, DC. Once you know what you're looking for, you'll start seeing these secret symbols everywhere.

Masonic symbols in DC appear at the Capitol Building, the Washington Monument, or the Pentagon, likely paying homage to the Founding Fathers who were Masons. But other DC symbols might represent less mainstream groups. Some people believe that symbols of the occult, the Illuminati, and Satanic societies are dotted throughout the city.

A few of these rumors are easy to debunk. Other stories of secret symbols in DC are grounded in fact. Regardless of what you believe, these tales add an intriguing dimension to this historic region.

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  • There's A Masonic Temple Near The White House

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    There is actually a Masonic temple close to the White House. This building, called the House of the Temple, is the home of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.

    Freemason headquarters have been reported to exist all over the US, confirming this may actually be a Masonic temple close to the White House. If you're unsure of its legitimacy, feel free to embark on a public tour of the structure.

  • Several Important Buildings Resemble Greek Designs

    Homages to Greek design can be found everywhere in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court building, the White House, the Jefferson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, and even the Capitol Building feature pillared entries, decorative friezes, and white stone construction like the ancient buildings found in Greece.

    Are these buildings a symbol of some strange connection between the Founding Fathers and various pagan gods, or were they simply subject to the neoclassical trends that were popular at the time of their construction?

  • The Streets Form A Templar Cross

    Some people see a Templar Cross in the streets of Washington, DC. This symbol supposedly provides more proof the city was designed in order to advance the cause of the Freemasons.

    The Templar Cross is unique, as it consists of four even triangular sides that meet at a center point. The symbol is used by Freemasons, but it seems unlikely that it was deliberately placed into the layout of the city; planner Pierre L'Enfant did not identify as a Mason.

  • The Streets Form A Pentagram With The White House At Its Apex

    When looking at a map of Washington, DC, you'll see that the area encompassing the White House, its lawn, and many of the surrounding streets looks like a pentagram, or five-sided star. It's not an exact pentagram; a perfect pentagram has five equal sides, and the one formed in DC does not.

    According to some, an inverted pentagram has Satanic meanings, and one with a goat's head drawn within it is the symbol of the Church of Satan. Those who believe this symbol does appear in the map of DC refer to it as the "goat head" and think Freemasons also played a part in the city's design. However, Pierre L'Enfant, who laid out the streets on this grid in 1791, wasn't a mason.