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Station of the Cross 1 - Hidden Details - Towers and Text

I had been waiting to post this article until I had some better quality photos, but judging by the emails I have received lately asking about a tower in the Station of the Cross 1 in Sauniere's Rennes-le-Chateau church, for some reason there is a sudden interest in this detail, so I post my article on this subject now and update it with better images soon.

Station of the Cross 1 from Sauniere's Mary Magdalene Church

Station of the Cross 1 from Sauniere's Mary Magdalene Church

If Station of the Cross 1 viewed from an angle, previously unseen details can be seen.

Station of the Cross 1 viewed from an angle

Two towers, normally hidden behind the head of Jesus, are now revealed.

Some researchers say these hidden towers are important to solving any clues Sauniere may have imbedded in his church decorations that may lead to a secret he found. I am not convinced but who knows for sure what Sauniere was up to? These towers, or ones very similar, appear in some of the other stations. Some also say the tops of the towers are hills. Again I am not convinced.

I think it must be remembered that when the Stations of the Cross were painted, they were not hanging high on the wall but probably laying flat on a bench or propped at an angle so the artist could paint them. So the details that became hidden when hung high on the wall, were not when they were painted by the artist. The hidden towers were just part of the vista he was painting. I think it likely that Sauniere gave detailed instructions on the station background details and perhaps some of the other details found in his Stations of the Cross, but whether these two towers or other details in the Stations lead to anything, remains to be seen.

Anther interesting detail not seen by the many hundreds that look at Station 1, is the text on the parchment held by the man behind Pontius Pilate.

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Pontius Pilate Parchment Text

Due to the height of station 1, it is difficult to get a decent image, but I will attempt to get a more detailed photograph shortly and post it here so you can see the full text written on the parchment. It may just be a few squiggles of paint meant to represent text, or it may be something more interesting.

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