Earlier this month, a Russian historian claimed he may know the location of over 80 tonnes of gold that was said to have been hidden by French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte over 200 years ago.
Viacheslav Ryzhkov has been reported to have told his local newspaper that treasure hunters have been looking in the wrong place for Napoleon’s treasure for centuries, and the gold may actually be buried in the lake of his home town of Rudnya.
80 Tonnes of Gold
For over 200 years, there have been rumours that French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and his army looted a massive 80 tonnes of gold and other valuables from Moscow.
During their invasion of Russia, the French military managed to push through to Moscow, but were then defeated and forced to abandon their attack due to scorched-earth tactics and had to retreat. According to the myth, after this defeat in 1812, Napoleon then decided to hide the stolen treasure in Lake Semlevo after deciding it was too difficult for his army to carry as they travelled back to France. Adding credibility to this idea, it was also found that the French army also left behind large amounts of ammunition near the lake as they retreated.
Treasure hunters have been searching for this lost gold for over two-hundred years to no avail.
What Happened to the Gold?
This new theory suggests that what was hidden in Lake Semlevo may have been a decoy, and that this location was disclosed by one of Napoleon’s men to distract Russian spies from discovering the real hiding place of the gold.
Ryzhkov believes that the Emperor himself may have slipped away with the gold and headed towards Rudnya. It is theorised that he then had a causeway built into the middle of nearby Lake Bolshaya Rutavech, where the treasure was then carefully hidden and sealed into a mound of silt. It is believed that, if the gold is buried there, then it may only be accessed with the help of specialist technology.
For now, it seems that Napoleon’s treasure remains safely hidden, just as gold has been stashed away for investment for centuries and still is today. Many of us believe that squirreling away a little of our favourite precious metals whenever we can could protect against a future crisis, and Napoleon’s experience may suggest that the time may come when you may need to relocate your stash. However, we would not suggest the new location be at the bottom of a most probably frozen lake!
This new theory about the hiding place of Napoleon’s lost gold is said to be just one of many about the location of the treasure that has emerged over the years, and the truth is – nobody actually knows if any of this is fact or fantasy.
But in the meantime, has anyone got some spare scuba gear I can borrow…?
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