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Berenger Sauniere Museum, Rennes-le-Chateau
(3.8/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web)
Discover controversial theories and local curiosities at Berenger Sauniere Museum, which draws scores of visitors with its intrigue. It is rumored that Father Berenger Sauniere found secret artifacts or documents after he came to the church of Rennes le Château in 1885. These documents are said to point to an elaborate alternative history of the Christian religion that revolves around the existence of a bloodline of Jesus Christ, and the societies that were formed to hide the truth and protect his descendants. This museum displays a range of significant objects related to the site, from the prehistoric dinosaur eggs that were found here to documentation that has been interpreted as evidence of a global conspiracy. The rise of popular literary depictions of this site, its architecture, and its artifacts makes it one of the most famous tourist destinations in France. Use our Rennes-le-Chateau vacation generator to arrange your visit to Berenger Sauniere Museum and other attractions in Rennes-le-Chateau.
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  • In the heart of the mystery of the SAUNIÈRE! And reindeer the Castle! This museum is located in the area of SAUNIÈRE. We discover:-his old rectory, or his life, its mysteries are exposed thematic, precise and concise--the villa Bethania and his oratory--the Magdala tower with its library on the ground floor, and the possibility to go by a narrow staircase, its top panoramic-l'Orangerie - the walkway offering an exceptional panorama... breathtaking you (where) - the garden also receiving his grave... There is a shop available... with a nice friendly welcome... But even after this visit, its mystery remains whole lol
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  • a place of "contemporary" mythology... that we have not felt! not wish to dig, dig etc to find the "treasure" but a friendly tour of beautiful landscapes and an immersion in "excess" SAUNIÈRE in the middle of this typical village
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  • The museum is certainly worth a visit, mysterious hype notwithstanding as gives you access to some stunning views from the walls and tower. But the story of Father Berenger Saunieter, his unexplainabl...  more »
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  • Reviewing the town generally. We didn't bother with the museum as you can see the church for free which is the main thing of interest. No one is allowed in the graveyard. The views from the village are spectacular. Worth a trip even without the conspiracy theories! We paid the €2 to park a little closer to the town. It's probably about half way between the town and the lower car park so not an amazing difference but probably worth a couple of Euros. We ate in the Jardin restaurant just next to the museum which was expensive and to be honest the sparrows were a nuisance and shat on our table about 4 times before we moved inside to escape them. Didn't feel that lucky to be honest.
  • Pretty nice view of the surroundings.
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  • Small museum explaining the life of Abbot saunierre. Wonderful view of the corbieres from the garden of feeding frenzy.
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  • A beautiful place with fantastic views and a small church. Anyway worth visiting also because of the story behind this place and Church.
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