Scientology’s Space Cathedral Revealed

A new book by an investigative reporter and longtime critic of Scientology reveals that the organization has built a “space cathedral” in New Mexico, not far from Roswell, apparently to help future devotees find L. Ron Hubbard’s original works after a nuclear war.

In the New Mexico desert lies an allegedly secret Scientology installation that includes a huge message for extraterrestrials — a crop circle-type design that can only easily be seen from high above the ground.

That’s among the allegations set forth by BBC Panorama reporter John Sweeney in a new book, “Church of Fear: Inside the Weird World of Scientology,” reports the New York Daily News

In his book, excerpted in The Sun, Sweeney writes that the two huge interlocking circles — each of which has a large diamond shape inside — were created as markers to guide special Scientologists “returning from space to find Mr. Hubbard’s works after a nuclear Armageddon wipes out humanity.”…

“Its vault houses the lectures of Hubbard on gold discs locked in titanium caskets sealed with argon. The cathedral is H-bomb proof,” Sweeney reports in his book.

There appears to be no truth to rumors that the site also houses the remains of Kirstie Alley’s career.


  1. eric says

    Seems kinda pointless to me. Our souls are supposedly the remnants of souls of deceased criminals, dropped into Earthly volcanos by a galactic empire. So now scientologists have built a repository that records what that empire did. And plans to give it to the empire that did it, when they show up.

    Wouldn’t said empire already know? This is sort of like an American arriving in Afghanistan, only to be given the Afghani Cliff’s notes on US history.

  2. CSB says

    What are the google maps coordinates of this alleged crop circle design?

    Searching for “35 31 28.04N 104 34 09.22W” should put you right by the crop circles.

  3. busterggi says

    Wouldn’t it have been cheaper & easier for them to just leave directions to the nearest discount clearance bin at some rural used book store?

  4. Reginald Selkirk says

    The NY Daily News? The Sun? That’s persuasive but I’ll withhold judgement until I read a full expose in Pravda.

  5. says

    Sounds like some contractor made a nice sum of money building yet another “nuke-proof” fortified structure, using money soaked from suckers and brainwashed converts. Maybe the same people who managed to cash in on the Y2K scare?

    I hope what they built is as interesting as the Winchester Mystery House…

  6. leonardschneider says

    Hubbard’s ranch in Creston, CA has the same doodle in the middle of a horse track. Click here for the Google Maps satellite view.

    This is the property where ElRon croaked off; no idea if the clams still own the property or not. The property is being maintained again — it looked pretty ratty for a while — and anyone raising thoroughbreds would consider it a choice piece of land. The boxy structure in the middle of the two circles is new, too.

  7. John Horstman says

    Wait, who own the rights to the Fallout franchise now? They should sue for copyright infringement – that’s WAY too close to the post-apocalyptic Hubologists to be a coincidence. :-)

  8. jba55 says

    “This is sort of like an American arriving in Afghanistan, only to be given the Afghani Cliff’s notes on US history.”

    No no no, you’ve got it all wrong. It’s like an American arriving in Afghanistan and *buying* the Afghan Cliff’s notes on US history.

  9. caseloweraz says

    “Its vault houses the lectures of Hubbard on gold discs locked in titanium caskets sealed with argon. The cathedral is H-bomb proof,” Sweeney reports in his book.

    How can they know it’s H-bomb proof without testing it?

    As for the lectures, preservation would be better served by making as many copies as possible and spreading them around. $cientology has enough widely separated properties that this should be no problem. And surely “special Scientologists” would know how to find at least some of those properties.

    In fact, it occurs to me to wonder, since they apparently left from here, why they didn’t take copies of those lectures with them.

  10. TxSkeptic says

    Very interesting complex when you browse around the site with Google Earth. There’s a 5600′ landing strip at the top of the mesa and down the road are three building complexes with large fuel & water storage tanks and a 500′ long lined pond toward the bottom, the kind of pond I see around N.Tx. where gas drilling is going on. Unfortunately I see nothing cathedral-like as the architecture is pretty unimaginative. It look like a pretty cool setup that I wouldn’t mind visiting if I wouldn’t fear for my life … ’cause those folks are fuckin’ nuts.

    Other interesting & weird facts here.
    – Actually, the Sun mis-identified the mesa associated with the complex, it is located by Mesa Huerfana, not Mesa Huerfanita, which is 2.9 mi to the NNW of Huerfana.

    The New Mexico site is 4.9 miles north of the latitude of the California site (symbol to symbol, thanks #13-leonardschneider, and 897 mi E.). However, 5.0 miles south (& 1/3 mi E.) of the New Mexico site (and only 0.1 mi S. of the latitude of the Ca. site) is a 1000 foot tall ‘mound’, think Close Encounters of the Third Kind, known as Cerro de Corazon. I’d bet they are aware of this and ascribe some spooky significance to it, and it played into their site selection for the NM complex.

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