Immerse yourself in the story of Rennes-le-Château filled with legends about Merovingian Bloodlines, hidden treasures from the Knight Templars and why this mysterious commune in France keeps attracting occultists and other treasure hunters.

Hidden amongst the picturesque rolling hills of the Languedoc region in France lies the mysterious commune of Rennes-le-Château where in 2018 there lived 91 people. Shrouded in mystery and intrigue for decades, this enigmatic hilltop village has captivated the imaginations of many for centuries with its array of puzzling relics, symbols and legends. 

As the stories of Rennes-le-Château have continued to develop, so too has the connections to corrupt influences from beyond. Various occultist figures have been linked with the tales of the hidden riches at Rennes-le-Château. Rumors about former members of secret societies who may have found some special knowledge of the holy grail.

History of Rennes-le-Château

The small village of Rennes-le-Château has a complex and fascinating history. It is believed to have been founded by the Visigoths during the 5th century, although there is evidence that it may have been inhabited since pre- Roman times due to its strategic positioning.

During the Middle Ages, it was part of the Cathar movement and was subject to much conflict between Catholics and Cathars until it eventually came under French rule in 1659. The castle was built around 1002.

The Mystery Surrounding the Commune 

Today it is a well known place, but it wasn’t always so. Tucked away in rural France, no one payed much attention to the place until the legendary rumors started circulating. And it is much more recent than we like to think. 

Rennes-le-Château and its mysteries have captivated the minds of historians, conspiracy theorists, and curious adventurers alike. Legends such as the Priory of Sion, hidden treasure located beneath Notre Dame de Marceille church, ancestral connections to Jesus Christ, and even theories related to extraterrestrial life have all been linked to the commune. 

Although some have been debunked as myths over time, it still leaves a lingering sense of mystery that draws people from all around the world seeking answers.

Bérenger Saunière and The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail

One of the most mysterious characters associated with Rennes-le-Château is surely Bérenger Saunière, the former priest in charge of the local parish that is said to start the hunt for the hidden secrets in the place. He started to renovate the castle in the 19th century and it sparked conversation of where he got the money for that, and what he found when he renovated the old church.

Bérenger Saunière was in the midst of several controversies, about his wealth, beliefs and the spending of the church’s money. He was a peculiar priest and was even tried for trafficking masses of which he was found guilty of later. Still, people couldn’t make the math match of how much he spent and how much he made.  

He is most known for being at the center of several conspiracy theories about the place that eventually led to inspiring books like Holy Blood, Holy Grail and The Da Vinci Code among other tales about The Holy Grail, Knights Templars and the continuation of Jesus’s blood lineage. 

The Treasure of Blanche Castile

One theory was that he had found documents connected to the treasure of Blanche of Castile while he was renovating and it led him to a treasure of pure gold. 

She was a regent twice in her life as Queen of France during her son, Louis IX reign in the 1200s. She supposedly stacked a treasure in Rennes-le-Château that is said to still be there, at least parts of it. It was supposed to be a ransom to pay for Saint Louis, her son as he was a prisoner of the Saracens. 

Legends of Buried Treasures

But where did these rumors first start? We can mostly trace many of them back to the 50s and 60s from a local restaurant owner in Rennes-le-Château called Noël Corbu. A local newspaper printed a series of interviews of him where he claimed that the priest had discovered part of the treasure of Blanche of Castile. 

He had told the story so many times to his guests at the restaurant after failing himself to find the treasure that he allegedly heard about from the priest’s housekeeper, Marie Denarnaud.

Why he did this is difficult to say as he died in a car collision in 1968, but it brought big business to the area however and to this day the small place receives more tourists than locals each year. Over the years he did change his story more than one time over the years. 

The Mystical Place in France

Mystical Ley Lines, Occult treasures from the Visigoths or the Knights Templars, and sacred geometry as well as a classical UFO story, this place is like the French version of Roswell, Atlantis and the Bermuda Triangle, all in one. 

People found their metal detectors, mediums tried to sense their way and hypnotists found their pendulums to search the rest of the treasure. Even archeologists found their spades to excavate just in case. However to this day, not a gold piece has been found, let alone the Holy Grail.

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