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The Star Amphitheatre was an open air temple capable of seating about 2000 souls. It was built at Balmoral beach overlooking Sydney Harbour, Australia, in 1925, by ‘The Order of the Star in the East.’
The Order was an organisation founded with the mission of promoting the word and the works of Hindu mystic Jiddu Krishnamurti, who was widely regarded at the time as the ‘vehicle’ for an expected ‘World Teacher’, an idea that he didn’t agree with.
Often associated with being a branch of the Theosophical Society, no formal association between either organisation has ever been confirmed in public. However, the order was founded by the President of the Thesophical Society, Annie Besant, because Krishnamurti was seen and perceived as the Society’s ‘World Teacher’. So some sort of ties must’ve existed. Krishnamurthy would later disavow this idea, thereby dissolving the very organisation that was established to support it.
Oh, and by the way, it’s been 21 years since he passed away on 17th February, 1986.
Coming back to the amphitheatre, a tenacious urban legend suggests that it was built in anticipation of the second coming of Christ!
Just in case you are not aware, the second coming of Christ is a christian belief that Jesus Christ will return to earth in the future, after his first coming and ascension to heaven over 2000 years ago.
The Order believed that Christ would return to earth in human form and even walk across the Pacific Ocean to the amphitheatre! It was supposed to provide some sort of a viewing platform for Jesus Christ’s walking either through or between the Sydney Heads.
And then what happened? There was no sign of a second coming.
Some versions of the story include tickets for the supposed spectacle being sold to the unsuspecting public. Gullibility to its fullest.
Having cost several thousands of pounds to construct, the amphitheatre was finally demolished in 1951.
A block of flats now occupies the site where the Star Amphitheatre once stood.