Information, Photographs and Research Related to Bérenger Saunière
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Abbé François Bérenger Saunière appears in 6 of the 33 postcards he commissioned in 1907, as well as in some old photographs.
Saunière's Tombstone bears a relief, it is said that is not of himself but that of his brother Alfred. The two seemed to have got on well together and were good friends but having your face on your brothers tombstone is probably pushing brotherly love a bit too far. I attempt to find out if this is true.
After it was reported that Sauniere's remains had been moved outside the cemetery, many believed that though a new grave had been constructed, his corpse stilled remained buried in his grave in the cemetery. Read this article to find out the truth! Includes an eyewitness account of what took place at 7am on that cold morning of the 14th September 2004.
Research into the book seen in the l’abbé Sauniere museum located in the Presbytery and Villa Bethania at Rennes-le-Chateau. Its closed pages reveal many drawings. A few years ago I was lucky enough to be shown the book and photograph the drawings inside.
L'abbe Sauniere wrote an entry in his diary on September 21st 1891, that has fired the imagination with some Rennes-le-Château researchers, including myself, that these words were evidence Sauniere had discovered a tomb, and he seems he did!
I was interested in Sauniere's Bookplate as the Demon pictured bears a similar pose to that of the Demon he placed in his church. Also anything owned by Saunière may give an insight as to what he was up to, or perhaps even a clue to help solve the mystery.
When one of the Abbe Saunière's books surfaces, it is always of interest to those researching Rennes le Chateau. While on a trip to Rennes-le-Chateau in 2010, I met with someone who had one of Saunière's books and he kindly invited me and some friends around to dinner where he would show it to us.
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The postcards sold for 10ct and seemed to have been place for sale in various places in and around Rennes-le-Château, including the nearby village of Rennes-les-Bains, where Saunière seemed to have done a brisk trade in selling them to visitors come to bathe in the thermal waters located there.
The postcards were purchased in an album from someone living near to Rennes-le-Chateau.
The size of the album is A5 with one of Sauniere's postcards reproduced on each page in excellent quality.