By Paula Smith
This place is more than a village on another hill. It was originally part of an ancient walled city called Rhedae, who, with Carcassonne, was an important city in ancient times. He also played a role in the legends of the Holy Grail and the Arc of the Covenant, as well as in the stories around the lost kings of the Visigoths and the Merovingians. The gold of the Templars was hidden in several of the many caves in the area. In the village church and the Magdala tower, new discoveries have been made. People from all over the world are studying the enigma of Rennes-le-Château. The area is dotted with ancient remains from the Celtic and Roman times. The interesting Madeleine Church in Rennes-le-Château reveals the symbolism of forgotten times, double meanings, secret abbreviations … Buying a brochure from the village bookstore is definitely worth it. Discover the enigma of Rennes-le-Chateau and visit the museum on the mysterious life of Abbé Saunière. Finally, the view from the top of the Magdala tower over the valley, where many historians, scientists and archaeologists still wonder, is unforgettable. Especially when you can see the snow over the Pyrenees on a clear day.
You can cool off at the Jardin de Marie, near the ancient and mysterious Rennes castle, sometimes called the Arc of the Covenant temporary resting place …
Rennes-les-Bains, located on the other nearby hill, preserves the remains of an ancient Roman bath. There is also a new bath house, where you can enjoy a wellness program. The small town is picturesque and on the Place des 2 Rennes, you will find a bar and a pizzeria.
In Rennes-les-Bains, lived and worked the most important person in the enigma of Rennes-le-Château, Father Henri Boudet. Its church is right next to the main square. His book “The True Celtic Language and the Cromleck le Rennes-les-Bains” has deceived many in the last hundred years. Some believe that there is a complete Kabbalah-type tree of life, carefully placed in the valley surrounding Rennes-les-Bains, including the basic principles of Hermetica. This ancient knowledge was threatened during the 1500 early years of Christianity and at the time, it was believed that by concealing its principles and knowledge in the landscape, like a tattoo on the skin of the mother goddess herself, she was the only way she could survive the ages.
There are two good reasons to visit this city. The first is due to its beautiful and dismal remains of the 11th century abbey. In 1318, the Benedictine Abbey of Alet became a bishopric and the church became a cathedral. In 1577, the buildings are badly damaged during the wars against the Huguenots. The second reason to visit Alet is the authentic medieval market square with its beautiful half-timbered houses and 12th century ramparts.. Nostradamus lived in Alet for some time, his house is still located around the corner from the market square. In the hotel, you can stop for a drink or a good ice cream.