This week's sex trafficking charges against Jeffrey Epstein have renewed longstanding questions about the billionaire financier's private Caribbean island, and particularly about the strange religious-type temple he erected there.
Conspiracy theorists have latched onto the odd building that was constructed sometime between 2009 and 2013 at the southwest edge of Little St James Island, just off the coast of the US territory of St Thomas.
Amateur sleuths are particularly intrigued by the medieval-style lock on the front of the temple, which appears to be designed to keep people in.
Everything known publicly about the building has been gleaned from aerial photographs, as the entire island is kept under tight security.
It's painted with bright blue and white stripes and topped with a large gold dome.
On the roof at either side of the arched wooden door are two gold statues, one which appears to be Poseidon, Greek god of the sea, and another that looks like a pair of birds.
Each face of the building has a large window looking out at palm trees lining the perimeter and a geometric stone terrace.
The gold dome is believed to have been ripped off by a hurricane sometime before 2017.
Chicago-based contractor James Both shared his professional thoughts on the building with Insider, first drawing attention to the door.
'It's styled like what you might see on a castle, with what appears to be a reinforcing lock bar across the face,' he said.
'What makes it peculiar is that if you wanted to keep people out, the bar would be placed inside the building, [but the] locking bar appears to be placed on the outside ... as if it were intended to lock people in.''
Read more: Conspiracy theorists claim mysterious secluded temple on Jeffrey Epstein's 'Paedophile Island' in the Caribbean may be where billionaire and some of his guests 'abused underage victims'
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