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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  • With our small tour group, we visited the Presbytere museum. There are some recreated scenes with mannequins showing events from the lives of people important to Rennes le Chateau. The museum is worth...  more »
  • Repeatedly, we found that the Aude region made no effort with regard to tourism. Most of the information about the visits are not published as final site closures, temporary shutdowns, the routes to follow to reach the places not indicated the days of openings and closures are wrong on the Green or local guides. You can also specify the wrong information about the opening of restaurants! For a region that calls itself "disaster" it is surprising to these deficiencies. If you want to empty the region even more, must continue like that. The site remains quaint but useless moving.
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  • no biggie ... but the only way to access the various parts of the structures related to the Church ... It also pays for nothing
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  • 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.
  • Interesting museum, I just wished the information boards in English offered a bit more detail. Shop at site with plenty of books.
  • 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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