Rennes-le-Château, guide to the enigma - An introduction
Whatever the approach teken, a curious person looking into the Rennes-le-Château enigma is quickly submerged by a torrent of contradictory information and theories.
This multifaceted affair - now discussed across the world - is complicated for as many reasons as there are players in the game. It nevertheless raises some fascinating questions and opens the door to a host of vertiginous possibilities.
For the first time, we offer a guide for beginners summarising the basics of this great treasure hunt. It is as concise as possible considering the broad range and precision required on the subject. It is a sort of compass to navigate through the mists of the imaginal world of Rennes-le-Château and beyond, if one so wishes.
Here we detail authentic and credible facts. If here is any doubt, we use the conditional and provide necessary caveats on the theories posited over the last six decades concerning the secrets or hidden treasures in the old county of Razès.
We do not claim to provide any certainty on the true nature of this mysterious story. The only ambition of these pages is to better prepare readers for their own personal discovery of the enigma.
In these pages...
THE VILLAGE AND ITS SURROUNDINGS, PAST AND PRESENT
Verifiable historical facts
Ancient and obscure origins of Rennes-le-Château
The Carolingians govern in Razès
Dynastic battles and conflicts
The fall of the ancient county of Razès
The great noble families
The forgotten period
Questions and theories on the origins of Rennes-le-Château
The city of the chariot or the running serpent ?
An agglomeration in Gallic times ?
The Redones ?
The Romans and the Visigoths at Rennes-le-Château ?
Roman roads around Rennes-le-Château ?
THE SAUNIÈRE AFFAIR
The facts (what we know for sure)
A local child promised a comfortable future
A forceful, energetic pastor...
...founder of great projects
A lavish lifestyle for the time and place
His trafficking in masses is proven but...
The enigma of his trip(s) to Paris
Strange court hearings with some grey zones
Some questions arising from the facts
Birth of the Rennes-le-Châtea affair
"THE TREASURE" OF RENNES-LE-CHÂTEAU MYTH
The Middle Ages
REMARKABLE PLACES, MONUMENTS AND DOCUMENTS
The church of Saint Mary Magdalene
The church of Saint John the Baptist
The castle today
The ancient count's castle
The knight's stone
The "visigothic" pillar
The tombstone of Marie de Nègre d'Ables
The "Ernest Cros" stones (The Coumesourde stone and "Et in Arcadia ego)
The Bethania villa, the Magdala tower and the gardens
The cemetery and ths tombs of Bérenger Saunière
Paths, fortifications, various ruins...
The so-called parchments of Abbé Saunière
The "Sot Pêcheur" manuscript
The pic of Bugarach
The pic of Cardou
The Devil's Chair
The "Templar" castle of Bézu
From the Arques tomb, to Poussin's painting, Les Bergers d'Arcadie
The Pontils menhir
Taking it further
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