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Reviewed July 10, 2013

Rennes le Chateau is an interesting diversion if you are in the region but not an essential one.

The place has become a cause celebre for conspiracy theorists drunk on ghoulish tales on King's ransoms, fables of the Knights Templar and the Sacré Graal.

In addition to this, the Chapel of Mary Magdalene boasts some very strange, masonic features inside its church but they are not unique either for the region (where Cathar influence was strong) or for churches more generally. The features include Lucifer propping up the holy water font and skulls and scrolls on idols to Saints.

There is a charge to enter the orangerie and museum. There is no charge to enter the chapel.

About 1 hour should be allowed for the visit. The village itself is very pretty indeed.

There are many practical explanations for all of this. What is strange is how the Orangerie, tower and church were all restored so beautifully given the very small parish that the Church serves. The church presents questions.

The curious will not seek to make them fit into a construct of tales of bizarre, others that are less rigorous, may well do so.

You will only get something out of this trip if you do a good bit of research first so you know what to look for and understand a bit of the history. I would recommend considering a guided tour to make sure you get the most out of it.

For me it was the lesser trip on a day I combined this visit with the nearby Chateau de Montségur. A site of Cathar martyrdon following a brutal siege by the Christian church.Rennes le Chateau is an interesting diversion if you are in the region but not an essential one.

The place has become a cause celebre for conspiracy theorists drunk on ghoulish tales on King's ransoms, fables of the Knights Templar and the Sacré Graal.

In addition to this, the Chapel of Mary Magdalene boasts some very strange, masonic features inside its church but they are not unique either for the region (where Cathar influence was strong) or for churches more generally. The features include Lucifer propping up the holy water font and skulls and scrolls on idols to Saints.

There are many practical explanations for all of this. What is strange is how the Orangerie, tower and church were all restored so beautifully given the very small parish that the Church serves. The church presents questions.

The curious will not seek to make them fit into a construct of tales of bizarre, others that are less rigorous, may well do so.

You will only get something out of this trip if you do a good bit of research first so you know what to look for and understand a bit of the history. I would recommend considering a guided tour to make sure you get the most out of it.

For me it was the lesser trip on a day I combined this visit with the nearby Chateau de Montségur. A site of Cathar martyrdon following a brutal siege by the Christian church.

3  Thank robespierre1798
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

Well worth a visit if you are interested in the holy grail myth. Worth reading up on it before you come to understand the signifiance of the village and the church. Lovely views otherwise.

2  Thank Donna C
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

Very steep drive up to Renne-le-Chateau from Couiza, but well worth the trip. A must see for every 'Holy Blood, Holy Grail' reader. Brings the mystery to life and won't disappoint.

2  Thank Amanito G
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

Good views from the top and the church was lovely, it is where Dan Brown was inspired to write the DaVinci Code, museum to look around and parts of the chateau.

1  Thank Pea1923
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

Loved it here. I am afraid of heights (yes, really) and driving up those winding narrow roads
Almost killed me but once there it was well worth the white knuckled trip!
As an added bonus we ran into Henry Lincoln the author of many books. He does a tour
Fri, Sat & Sun from 14:15 and talks about the history of Rennes le Chateau. His tour is 25€ per person for about 3 hours and it is well worth it. He uses the money he makes from his tours to give back to the town so that restorations can be made to Rennes le Chateau. I'm sure the cost
To restore is quite expensive. just in case you are interested in Henry Lincoln here is his
Web site. http://www.henrylincoln.co.uk/index.php
I wish we had arrived earlier in the day so we could have taken in more of the town. This is truly
One for the bucket list!!!!! We are glad we visited!

1  Thank Picky_1_Traveller
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