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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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The Fleury Tableau - 2

Photograph showing the position of the Fleury Tableau in Sauniere's church.


Left Hand Fleury Painting details.

There is a rock situated in the bottom left of the painting that looks like the Devil's Armchair.

Close up of the 'Armchair Rock' compared to the Devil's Armchair from Rennes-les-Bains.

As you can see the angles of the top and sides are similar. The seat shape can also be seen clearly. Situated beside the armchair rock is a dark cross shape. Could this detail be a hint placed in the painting by Sauniere? An extra clue to help solve the Devil and Angel statue clues and so find the first of the messages? I believe this is the reason Sauniere included it as the rock is too similar to be a coincidence.

Another link between this painting and the Demon statue is the marks appearing on a rock bottom right of the painting and the marks on the Demon's wing. The tableau is so dusty it is difficult to get a decent photograph. The rock marks consist of 2 lines together and 3 lines together, 5 in total matching the Demon marks. There may also be another single mark in the bottom left which may have to be included. These marks could be nothing more them blobs of paint or material dropped by the sculptors working on the fresco but they seem too uniformed to me to be there by accident. I like the idea of it being 1, 2, 3, as it fits in with the three parts of the message I have found.

In the background, of the right and left sides of the Fleury Tableau, a group of trees have been painted. They look like evergreens, possible pine trees and could portray a forest. Their purpose could be to indicate that we are to start our journey in the left hand side painting, head towards the forest and exit out the other side into the area depicted in the right hand side of the tableau.


Sauniere has included some red flowers on this side of the Tableau. Two large plants are in the foreground, both with two flowering buds. A group of the plants are also growing on a sloping hillside. One flower and a leaf appears amongst the rocks and may have been partly painted over when Sauniere changed his design.

Are the plants important? I have no idea, but Sauniere has included them for a reason.


Close-up of the buildings that look like an impressive chateau or monastery.

It is obviously important to the quest to identify this construction. Is it Rennes-le-Chateau, Coustaussa or somewhere else?

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