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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. 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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Joli site et village à visiter. Je suis néanmoins un peu déçue car beaucoup de pièces de l'abbaye sont fermées au public et il y a donc peu de choses à visiter. Sinon, il y a quand même une belle vue ... more »Nice site and village to visit. However, I am a little disappointed because many parts of the Abbey are closed to the public and there are so few things to visit. Otherwise, there is still a great view and beautiful things to see. I like pretty this place for a nice family walk when the weather.
après avoir lu un livre sur l'histoire de l'abbé saunière, la visite au village et à l’église s'imposait. visite le matin par beau temps très agréable. lieu baigné de légende mérite le détour.(impérat... more »After reading a book on the history of Abbé SAUNIÈRE, the visit to the village and the Church was necessary. visit the morning weather is very pleasant. bathed place of legend deserves a visit. (imperative read the story before)
Après la lecture du livre, on est bien évidemment tenté de voir les lieux où cette histoire mystérieuse s'est déroulée. La visite de la tour Magdala, et de la villa Béthania nous font pénétrer en plei... more »After reading the book, it is obviously tempting to see the places where this mysterious story unfolded. The visit of the Magdala Tower, and the villa Bethania make us enter in the heart of the mystery. The visit to the Church of surprises. Add a nice panoramic view from the terrace of the Museum.
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.
David Van Ostade
Pretty nice view of the surroundings.
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