Berenger Sauniere Museum, Rennes-le-Chateau

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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. A visit to Berenger Sauniere Museum represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Rennes-le-Chateau trip planner to plot your vacation.
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  • A tour of this Museum takes you back to the Rennes from the time of Sauniere, full of mysteries. The Villa Bethanie is very well preserved and in the garden is the tomb of Abbot. The spectacular views. In the shop at the exit / entrance there are many interesting books. If you go to Rennes-le-Château don't hesitate to enter!
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  • Museum on two floors. on the ground floor you can find statues that depict Sauniere and his "perpetual" in a room and objects and reproductions in another. Upstairs is interesting to watch the scale model of the area of the Church and dwell on the various panels that explain the history of the place. From here you can then access the "grounds" outside. At the ticket office you can obtain media guide on tablets: recommended for those who want to understand a little more
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  • Regardless of his legend, Rennes-le-Château is a pretty village set on a plateau overlooking the upper Valley of the Aude, magnificent bathed country of incomparable light. Whatever inside the secret of SAUNIÈRE, it démêlera never the true from the false and some bad languages claim that the case has been exhumed in the 1980s to revive tourism in the region. What I déplorerai is that in recent years, the ashes of Bérenger Saunière have been separated from those of his servant and companion Marie Dénarnaud, and placed in a tomb, isolated, somewhat bombastic. The museum itself offers a panorama of the life of SAUNIÈRE and can understand his work as a builder. The field as we see today can imagine what it was at the time, with its Orangery and its mini-zoo. Note some stones engraved under the nearby laundrette of the Castle, no explanation is offered.
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  • Interesting museum, I just wished the information boards in English offered a bit more detail. Shop at site with plenty of books.
  • The mystery of the priest's unlikely wealth is explored as you visit the museum and see first-hand the now faded splendour of the presbytery. The adjoining church is breathtaking in its depiction of the story of Christ's life, crucifixion and resurrection, depicted by sometimes enigmatic plaques.
  • Great place to spend half of a day. Take a good camera for some pictures. Nice views and good restaurants. Better to have a good car & not too big because road to the top is rather chalanging.
  • 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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