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 Rennes-le-Chateau2004-03-06 18:20
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Max and I spent the day driving around a bit and looking at old mysterious places. The old medieval walled city of Carcassonne, Nostradamus' house in Alet-le-Bains, Quillan, and Rennes-le-Chateau, the most famous mysterious place around here. See here or here if you don't know the story. It involves Abbe Berenger Sauniere who found something strange while restoring the old church. Documents or a treasure, exactly what isn't exactly clear. But he came to a considerable amount of money, allowing him to fix up the place, decorating the church in strange ways, adding various buildings for himself, such as the Magdala Tower on the picture. He traveled in occult circles and had unusually many celebrity guests for a priest in a small country church. An enormous amount of stories and speculation exist about what he might have done. It involves possible hidden treasures from the Visigoths, the Templars or the Cathars.

Very interesting to finally go there and walk around in his house and his tower and in the church. Well, if I didn't know that it is supposed to be a strange and mysterious place, I'm not sure I would have caught it. It takes some scholarly knowledge and close observation to notice that the church is arranged in unusual ways and that the inscriptions are remarkably strange. I wouldn't say that the place particularly indicated great wealth. I mean, there's a little church, a house, and a tower. Without knowing the story, that might not seem unusual.

But, generally speaking, there is a mysterious and deep aura over many parts of the Lanquedoc region. Mountains, caves, forests, rivers, medieval villages, castles, ruins, ancient history, war, massacres, alchemy. So, plenty to keep exploring in the future.

On the way back we drove past Montsegur, the location of the last stand of the Cathars, before the last bunch of them were burned alive. But, well, it was getting dark, and it way up on top of a very steep mountain, so that will have to be another time.


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6 Mar 2004 @ 23:30 by butterflykiddo : :)
I have been in Carcassonne and Montsegur when I was 13 years old, and I have to say that I still remember this feeling of the "mysterious". Surroundings are incredibly beautiful too :D Thanks to share your little "escapades" :) this one brought to me very good memories ;)  


12 Mar 2004 @ 13:04 by magical_melody : I appreciate reading about your
journeys as you share more with us about France Flemming. Please continue doing this as you are inspired. It's great to learn more about the areas through your personal experiences.  


21 Aug 2005 @ 15:12 by mark @83.193.231.106 : info please
Hi there,

I am in the process of building a web site relating to Rennes Le chateau and the Da Vinci Code and was wondering if I could be link to your site and vicè versa.

Kind regards Mark

www.renneslechateaubooks.com  



24 Oct 2005 @ 16:57 by Ben Hammott @172.200.24.140 : rennes-le-chateau Templar Tomb
When I first heard about the Rennes-le-Chateau mystery and started my research I was surprised to find so much history in such a small out of the way place and all of the Treasures that are supposed to be hidden in the area. I seem to have discovered a Templar Tomb that Sauniere may have also found and then plundered - if you are interested visit my web site (www.thetombman.com) to see images of the Tomb and the body and artifacts inside.

All the best,

Ben Hammott  



25 Oct 2005 @ 00:49 by ming : Tomb man
Very interesting, Ben. The pictures and storey are very intriguing. Hope to hear or read more in the future.  


25 Oct 2005 @ 00:50 by ming : Link
Mark, oh, sorry didn't notice you message before. Yes, by all means, link here. And you basically have the link back right there.  


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