"LOST SYMBOL" PICTURES: Masonic Symbols Decoded

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The Masonic square-and-compasses symbol—in its familiar, though enigmatic, "G" iteration—occupies a prominent place on a Washington, D.C., building.

On this Masonic symbol, the letter "G" has been said stand for both geometry—central to stonemason knowledge—and for God, who Masons say should be central to the life of a Mason, no matter what his religion.

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