The sought after treasures of Rennes le Chateau
This list does not claim to be complete, because the nature of the Rennes le
Chateau saga there will be many working hypotheses. The treasure mysteries can
be classified into three categories:
theses "not of treasure",
theses "occult mysteries".
Some of the theses are reproduced here and will surprise you.
This author remains neutral to most of these theories this is merely a list
of known theories.
The treasure of the White Queen of Castille - Blanche de
Castille having to face the revolt of 'pastoureaux', takes the Royal
Treasure to the shelter of the strengthened city of Rhedae where it still
remains. It finally will be forgotten, and then lost by King Philippe le Bel,
but then rediscovered by Bérenger SAUNIERE and will be the origin of his
It is one
of the first tracks which was explored. It seems historically very
SEE: Mr. Noël Corbu.
The treasure of the templiers. It is required in various forms
in the surroundings of Rennes le Chateau, often towards the castle of Bézu which
has the reputation to have been a Templar (often discussed, but it seems that
some say that the castle was never a Templar Commanderie, it is however
marked as such on the IGN map). The versions differ according to researchers are
too numerous to be able to be summarized here.
Interesting detail with regard to this: Before being interested in the
business of Rennes, Gerard de Sède had published "The
Templiers are among us" with Pierre Plantard providing the documents.
The treasure of the false coiners (Forgers) of Bézu. This thesis is founded on
good historical fact: In the 14th century, a man called Guillaume CATALANI,
nephew of the Pope BENOIT XII, is caught manufacturing counterfeit money in the
castle of Bézu, close to Rennes le Chateau. At that time the forgers are
generally condemned to death, however one escaped. This is probably thanks to
the situation of his uncle, but also because the currency which he manufactured
was, of good quality. The goal would thus not have been to mislead on the real
content gold contained in the currency, but to give legal tender to a good gold
whose origin is still not known to date. Bérenger SAUNIERE would then have found
the source of this gold... SEE: History of the treasure of Rennes le Chateau.
Pierre Jarnac, Bélisane Editions, March 1985 (page 316).
The Paris Shepherd. Name of a shepherd who, in the search of a
lost sheep supposedly lost in a cave, found at the bottom of which a large
quantity of gold as well as human skeletons. Returning to the village with his
hat full with part of this treasure, he refused to answer the the villagers
questions and killed. Gerard de Sède tells a lot of this history in an attempt
to prove the presence of an old treasure near Rennes le Chateau. Pierre Jarnac
locates this business about 1645.
SEE: The gold of Rennes, or strange life of Béranger Saunière ... Gerard de
Sède. Editions Julliard, Paris 1967 (page 75 and 170). History of the treasure
of Rennes le Chateau. Pierre Jarnac, Editions Bélisane March 1985 (page 106).
The treasure of Jerusalem. At the time of the breaking of the
siege of Jerusalem in 70 C.E, Titus then carries a part of the treasure of
Jerusalem to Rome. This is historical fact. It was then recovered by the
Visigoths, at the time of the sacking of Rome into 410 C.E. It was then brought
back and deposited in their territory of South-West Europe and they would have
been obliged to bury it to deal with advancing Franks after the battles of
Vouillé in 508 C.E). At the time Rhedae would have been a powerful city of
sufficient importance which could have been used as refuge for this known
With respect to Rennes le Chateau, this thesis was initially developed by
Gerard de Sède in several of his books. This theme was taken again and discussed
by many authors. It originates in the work of Firmin JAFFUS: "The city of
Carcassonne contained a part of the treasure of Jerusalem?", but this is even
based on an older local tradition. SEE: Firmin JAFFUS: "the city of Carcassonne
contained a part of the treasure of Jerusalem?".
The gold of Rennes, or the strange life of Béranger Saunière
curé of Rennes le Chateau. Gerard de Sède. Editions Julliard, Paris 1967. The
tomb of Roland.
That of the song and the collar of Roncevaux. There is little
information on this thesis, but I know that it currently inspires still a
certain number of researchers. Curious thing, the tomb of Roland was indicated
to the place called
La Val Dieu in a "Cartoguide Shell" of the Eighties. SEE: Article
in the Dispatch of the South, June 5, 1978 The treasure hidden with the
revolution. The Abbé Saunière could have found the treasure hidden by his
predecessor Antoine BIGOU, refractory priest with the revolution. Indeed, at the
time of the French revolution, the goods of the church were often monopolized
and the priests had the obligation to lend oath to the incipient republic. The
priest of Rennes le Chateau of the time refused to lend this oath (1792) and was
obliged to exile itself in Spain or he died in 1794. It is not incredible to
think that before leaving, he hid the goods of his church inside that
church with a message hidden for its successor for more lenient times. SEE: The
gold of Rennes, or strange life of Béranger Saunière curé of Rennes le Chateau.
Gerard de Sède. Editions Julliard, Paris 1967. History of the treasure of Rennes
le Chateau. Pierre Jarnac. 1985. Rennes le Chateau and the enigma of which
cursed gold. Jean Markale, 1985. (Page 108 and following)
The treasure in Arab gold coins. At least two genuine
recoveries of Gold coins in the surroundings of Rennes le Chateau have been
found, These were gold coins of Arab origin that were amalgamated in bitumen.
These two instances, similar, have experienced several years of variation and
have never received a satisfactory explanation. The first lucky find took place
in 1860 in Bézu by RED Mr.. SEE: Article of the Free South, May 16, 1986.
The treasure of Cathares. This treasure is famous. At the time
of the fall of Montségur in 1244, four cathares escape with a "treasure"
(we do not know what it was exactly made up of: however. Mount BUGARACH would
have had a sacred importance for the Cathares who could have chosen to bury it
there. It has to be noticed however that on the one hand Montségur and Bugarach
are some moved apart and that to move this treasure this way would have
presented many risks in a country controlled by the Crusaders. In addition, at
the time of the crusade, Rennes is not already any more a town of importance.
The song of the crusade brings back the cache of the castle of Bézu (from the
very start of the hostilities the area is controlled by the armies of Simon of
MONTFORT who also attacked Coustaussa), but does not even announce Rennes le
The treasure of Volkes tectosages. A Roman proconsul of the
name of Cæpion took from a votive lake 80 tons of gold and
money and immediately re-melted this into ingots. This apparantly disappeared
during its transport towards the port from Narbonne following an attack from
upset by this profanation of their sacred offerings. They would have then
withdrawn to the high valley of the Aude and would have hidden the treasure in
this area which is easy to defend.
Traffic of masses (1). The Abbé Saunière could have grown rich
illegally while proceeding to say a vast number of masses. At this time, the
priests could ask for masses to say to round off their ends of the month, a
process which the priest of Rennes le Chateau would have misused. What is
certain it is that he actually asked for many masses, more than he could have
said. This is a favourite of the Rennes detractors, however it is impossible and
would have been insufficient to finance his work and his way of life.
It was under this charge that its bishop Mgr of Beauséjour brought a lawsuit
SEE: Notebooks of correspondence the 1915-1917 week religious of Carcassonne
of February 1911 the incredible destiny of the Abbé Sauniere the lawsuit
1909-1910, editions Bélisane 1994. Note on Rennes le Chateau and Abbé SAUNIERE
(Rene Descadeillas) Traffic of mass (2). It is proven that the Abbé Saunière
asked more for masses than he could honour (see for example its notebooks of
correspondences, to also see the advertisement published in the religious week
of Carcassonne), he also seems that he redistributed some with various his
fellow-members. This approach of the thesis of the traffic of mass has several
implications: On the one hand, the required masses would have been honoured. In
addition, while thus proceeding, Béranger Saunière would have shorted-circuit
the authority of its bishop, because generally it is not proven that it was
redistributed masses to his priests. This is in particular one of the proper
theses for the defence of Bérenger SAUNIERE. SEE: Claire CORBU, Antoine CAPTIER,
the heritage of the Abbé Saunière. editions Bélisane 1985. The incredible
destiny of the Abbé Saunière the lawsuit 1909-1910, editions Bélisane 1994.
Gold traffic with Spain. The Abbé Saunière could have grown
rich by making a traffic in gold with Spain. An investigation of gendarmerie of
the brigade of Couiza appears to have taken place in 1917. The Spanish
authorities have, in their turn carried out a survey in this direction around
1930. SEE: Article in the L'Indépendant, 22 March 1980.
The princely family of the HABSBOURG. For reasons which remain
yet to be cleared up, Abbé SAUNIERE appears to have been in liaison with this
famous family which would have ordered work for him in his church and would have
financially maintained it. In the support of this thesis, there is an eye
witness report of a character received at the village by the Abbé who was called
because of his Prussian accent. Some also speak about a banking account which he
is supposed to have had in Hungary.
The plundering of tombs In 1895, Abbé SAUNIERE undertook to
restore the cemetery of Rennes le Chateau which was in a bad condition. This
night work completed with the assistance of his confident Marie DENARNAUD which
made a scandal and caused sharp reactions and made the town council indignant at
the time. Some put forth the assumption according to which the priest could have
benefited from this work to carry out excavations, even quite simply to plunder
tombs. In 1895, the Abbé was already engaged in important expenditure, as
private individuals for the restoration of the church. SEE: Two letters of
complaint of the town council concerning work of abbot SAUNIERE in the cemetery.
Note on Rennes le Chateau and Abbé SAUNIERE (Rene Descadeillas) Mr. Noël Corbu.
- THESES OF OCCULT MYSTERIES
Poussin and Tenier. There existed until about 1990, in the
locality Les Pontils, a tomb which evoked the tombstone of the Shepherds of
Arcadie. Some tried to make a relation between this late construction, Nicolas
Poussin and Fouquet, their relations, the sudden fortune of this last person and
his sudden and final disgrace.
The True Celtic Language. The priest of Rennes-les-Bains, is
the author of a very much discussed work that came out in 1886: The true
Celtic language and Cromleck of Rennes-les-Bains. By this work, Abbé BOUDET,
in accordance with the "celtisante" fashion of the time, wished to rehabilitate
an original Celtic language. But many curiosities in this work led certain
researchers to think that it could be a question there of a coded work driven
with a esoteric secrecy . This thesis is probably one of the most exploited the
these last years. SEE: The Solar Alphabet. J.L. CHAUMEIL and J RIVER, Guy
Trédaniel editor (1996).
The Way of Cross and the plan of the church. This thesis, which
is mainly due to Gerard de Sède, maintains that the priest hid the plan of
access to the treasure in the esoteric symbolism of his church, so much in its
plan as in its decoration. SEE: The gold of Rennes, or strange life of Béranger
Saunière curé of Rennes le Chateau. Gerard de Sède. Editions Julliard, Paris
1967. Key of the Kingdom of deaths, file n°3. A. GÖTE, SPATZ, editions workshop
The alchemical treasure. The Abbé Saunière could have been
holder of the fabulous secret which allows the transmutation of the base metals
into gold. There are testimonies concerning the presence of books of alchemy in
the library of the Abbé Saunière. SEE: Gold makers. Richard KHAITZINE, ADJ
1990 Occult relations. In very many books, much is made of supposed
relationships of Bérenger SAUNIERE with the occultists of his time. However the
traces of those are non-existent to date. On the other hand, Alfred SAUNIERE his
brother, a priest also, is linked with the Freedom of the Frank-Maçonnerie
occultists, while also being familiar to the family of CHEFDEBIEN. In the same
way, Alfred was the lover of the marchioness of BOROUGH OF BOZAS, a notorious
Martinist. In his report of defence for his lawsuit of 1909-1910, Bérenger
SAUNIERE declares that 193.000 F of his income, 20.000 come to him from M.de C
(Marquis de Chefdebien?) and 30.000 F from his brother Alfred (death in 1905).
This is still nowadays given particular interest that these same occult mediums
or their successors, (even of the most various movements, without relationship
to the occultism) carry to Rennes le Chateau. To also note that following a
badly cleared up scandal, the Abbé Alfred SAUNIERE had big problems with his
hierarchy (about 1890-95). SEE: Egyptian masonry, Rosicrucian brotherhood and
néo-knighthood. Gerard GALTIER, 1994, editions of the Rock.
Priory of Sion (1): The myth of the conspiracy. Abbé SAUNIERE
could have been in relation to a very powerful and influential secret society of
the name of Priory from Sion, in which Claude DEBUSSY, Emile HOFFET and Emma
CALVE are supposed to have belonged. The latter would have financed work of the
Abbé for reasons which are badly elucidated (that depends on the authors). It
should be noted that the official creation of the Priory of Sion goes back to
1956... quite simply in the form of an association of law 1901. Its Grand Master
Pierre Plantard has the effect of having been the documentalist of Gerard of
SEDE, Henry LINCOLN and some other authors. SEE: The Crowned Enigma, (Holy Blood
and the Holy Grail) Mr. BAIGENT, R. LEIGH, H LINCOLN Editions Pygmalion 1983.
The Message of the Crowned Enigma. Mr. BAIGENT, R. LEIGH, H LINCOLN Pygmalion
editions 1987 lower parts of a political ambition, Mr. PAOLI, associated
Priory of Sion (2): Secret parchments. One of the reasons
advanced to explain the assistance which the Priory of Sion would have brought
to Bérenger SAUNIERE, holds so that he may have found parchments and files
belonging to the order at the time of work of his church. According to
versions', he could have begun work on their indications and would have been
remunerated, or he would have resold them after having found said the parchments
at the time of work in his church. To notice that this thesis has generated many
documents, apocryphal books which are regarded today as forgeries. SEE: The
Crowned Enigma, Mr. BAIGENT, R. LEIGH, H LINCOLN Editions Pygmalion 1983. The
Message of the Crowned Enigma. Mr. BAIGENT, R. LEIGH, H LINCOLN Editions
Priory of Sion (3): The Mérovingienne descent. The foundation
of the Priory of Sion is said to have started with the dismissal of the last of
the kings Mérovingiens, DAGOBERT II by the Carolingian usurpers. Its mission
would then have been to make a return to the throne this "legitimate"
family. Bérenger SAUNIERE could have found in his church of the documents
establishing the genealogy carrying out of DAGOBERT II to the family Plantard
and may then have resold them to the Priory of Sion. There still, the apocryphal
books which circulated (LOBINEAU amongst other things) are supposed forgeries.
SEE: The Crowned Enigma, Mr. BAIGENT, R. LEIGH, H LINCOLN Editions Pygmalion
1983. The Message of the Crowned Enigma. Mr. BAIGENT, R. LEIGH, H LINCOLN
Editions Pygmalion 1987
Priory of Sion (4): The Christ descent. In continuity with the
preceding assumption, and in relation to the following one, the PLANTARD family
would go down in descent from the Christ (who had not died on the cross) and
from Marie Madeleine (his legitimate wife). His family coming to settle in 40
E.C. in Provence. Bérenger SAUNIERE, by finding the evidence of this fact etc...
conspiracy etc... SEE: The Crowned Enigma, (Holy Blood and the Holy Grail) Mr.
BAIGENT, R. LEIGH, H LINCOLN Editions Pygmalion 1983. The Message of the Crowned
Enigma. Mr. BAIGENT, R. LEIGH, H LINCOLN Editions Pygmalion 1987
The tomb of Jesus. Bérenger SAUNIERE could have found the tomb
of Christ. This assumption is based partly on the tradition of Holy Marry sea.
After the crucifixion, those (Marie de Magdala and the Blessed Virgin) leave
Palestine on board a boat and approach in Provence. The alternative is here that
they are accompanied by the Christ who survived the crucifixion (an idea
defended by some for a long time). Their tomb would be located, according to the
versions, either with Rennes le Chateau even (under the church or in a field in
the vicinity), or in the surroundings (Rennes-les-Bains, Pech Cardou). This
thesis thus denies the divinity of Jesus and his resurrection.
The high telluric place. For some, Rennes le Chateau and its
surroundings are a high telluric and magic place, and this since the night of
times, as private individuals thanks to famous "the Cromleck". It is in
particular for this reason that the "Rainbow family" continuously maintains
their base camps in the surroundings Rennes-les-Bains.