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Was a Chateau ever built on Blanchefort? I climb the hill to investigate.

Also Blanchefort Caves and Tunnel photographs and information.


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While looking through my collection of Rennes-le-Chateau photographs and old photos taken during Sauniere's time, I noticed certain changes to Sauniere's domain that were not there when it was completed by the priest. These alterations must have been carried out more recently by someone, so I set out to find out who was responsible and why.

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I was lucky enough to be invited into the Chateau d'hautpoul at Rennes-le-Chateau. This article contains some photographs of what I found inside.


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An often neglected church of the priest who heard Sauniere's confession. Apparently he was so shocked by what he heard he didn't smile for a long time. A few months after hearing Sauniere's confession he redecorated his church to include a statue of Jesus lying in a grotto built from similar looking rocks used in Sauniere's Rennes-le-Chateau grotto. The strangest thing is that Jesus has his eyes open!

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A collection of old Rennes-le-Chateau Photographs.



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How important are they in solving the Berenger Sauniere Mystery?

The Fleury Tableau is the largest single piece of artwork in the Rennes-le-Chateau church and it contains many anomalies.

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Saunière's Stations of the Cross - Do they hold a secret message or are they the same as the Stations of the Cross appearing in other church's in the area? Find here a detailed comparison of Saunière's Mary Magdalene Church Stations of the Cross.


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Couiza church is situated in the village below Rennes-le-chateau and its Stations of the Cross are those most said to be the same as Saunière's. Lots of photographs of the church interior.


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Rennes-le-Chateau - Famous for the mysterious antics of its former priest Berenger Sauniere. Sauniere redecorated his church embedding clues to the secret he discovered during the renovations of the Rennes-le-Chateau church dedicated to Mary Magdalene.


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Mouthoumet Church

Sauniere's Bookplate.

Or is it?

Sauniere's Bookplate

Article here

Part 2 and 3 of the Fleury Tableau research now added.

Does the Rennes-le-Chateau landscape really appear in the Poussin painting, 'Shepherds of Acadia?'

Article Here


Part 1

Does the Rennes-le-Chateau landscape and the Pontil's Tomb appear in the Poussin painting, 'Shepherds of Acadia?'

An unbiased attempt to solve this controversy once and for all.

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Ben Hammott's Research into the Rennes-le-Chateau Mystery and Berenger Sauniere

An examination of the Altar pillar from Saunière's Mary Magdalene Church at Rennes-le-Chateau. Was it the the hiding place of the 'parchments' allegedly found when Sauniere started his church renovations?

Link to Research Article HERE.