Of authors spoke of the mythical "treasure of
the Abbé SAUNIÈRE".
providing the copy below, we think make service to anyone
looking for the text of Robert Charroux in "not found edition
1972" of "Treasures of the world..." published in the editions
Historic is the treasure of
Rennes-le-Château, small town of France in the Corbières
mountains, 60 km south of Carcassonne.
His Church and a few houses are perched
on a rocky outcrop which is accessed by a severe ramp of
It almost took a
miracle that a treasure is hidden in this part of the world
where the cars climb only to great difficulty, without hardly
being able to cross each other along the way.
Yet there is a treasure in
Rennes-le-Château, a genuine treasure as it was half a century
ago by the priest Béranger Saunière, they that, after it had
started - oh! hardly no doubt-, bequeathed it to his
servant-mistress, the lovely Marie Denarnaud, which bequeathed
it to turn to Mr. Noël Corbu.
But the legacy of Marie Denarnaud was incomplete
because she died without having had the time to reveal the
Since then, Mr.
Corbu detects, pick, dig, probe, in the hope of update parts of
gold, silver, jewelry and precious stones of evaluated eight
billion Treasury, and serious historians believe to be the
treasure of the 13th-century France.
Once, seven hundred years ago
said Noël Corbu, There is a town of
three thousand souls and a belt of walls for which there are
still ruins in Rennes.
In seeking the treasure, I discovered early coins, pottery,
weapons and skeletons used my small museum.
According to historians of Carcassonne,
the genesis of the Treasury dated February 1250.
That year, the revolt of the little
shepherds in Northern France by the mysterious "master of the
Hungary" was in full swing and the wave of the serfs and the
gueux swept toward the South.
Blanche de Castile, Regent of France, came to
Rennes-le-Château - then called Rhedae - put away, in the
powerful Citadel, Treasury of the France that threatened both
the little shepherds and deaf cabals of the nobility. Note, by
the way, the Citadel of Rhedae was stunning and was on the road
to Spain, where Blanche de Castille was able to find refuge in
case of danger.
She put the
treasure in the underground room of the Dungeon.
At least, we think so.
Certainly, it explained evil that
Treasury has remained intact so long, especially the year 1251,
during which St. Louis would have been so need of subsidies that
could send his mother.
In short, Mr. Corbu thinks that this treasure was
a reserve where one had to draw in the event of urgent risk.
Castile died in 1252
after revealing the secret to saint Louis, who entrusted it to
his son Philippe le Hardi.
died at Perpignan without having had the time to say to Philippe
le Bel the Rhedae secret. In 1645, reconstructing Rhedae which
becomes Rennes-le-Chateau; the ancient fortress, slightly moved,
erected at the location of the current property of Mr. Corbu.
It is then that begins the true
story of the treasure lost and found.
Found first in the 17th century by a shepherd by
the name of Ignace Paris, who, having lost one of his sheep,
heard bleating at the bottom of a crevasse where it went down.
But the sheep, scared by the
sudden emergence of the Shepherd, fled by a gallery.
Still in pursuit, Ignace Paris resulted in a
crypt "filled with skeletons and boxes", the first scary, the
latter, on the contrary, full of attractions.
He fills his pockets of gold coins, fled
terrified after the fact, and went home.
His sudden fortune was quickly on the village,
but Ignatius was the awkwardness of not wanting to reveal the
origin and accused of theft, he was killed without unveiling the
secret of the crypt.
landslide at the entrance of the underground? It is unclear, but
until in 1892 there was no more question of the treasure which
the parents of the Shepherd did not know the location.
A fortuitous event at this time, brought
into play the cure Béranger Saunière.
He had obtained the curacy of Rennes in
1885, and was immediately adopted by the Denarnaud family whose
daughter Marie was eighteen years old and worked as a Milliner
to the village of Esperanza.
Denarnaud, housed in cramped, lost no
time to come and live in the cure.
In 1892, cure Béranger enjoyed some esteem of
his parishioners, both by his zeal than by his good spirits.
It was while he was a municipal
credit of two thousand four hundred francs for the Visigothic
altar and the roof of his Church.
The Couiza Babon Mason began to work and a
morning at nine o'clock, he called the priest to show him in one
of the pillars of the altar four or five rolls of wood, hollow
and closed with wax.
- I do
not know what it is! He said.
The priest opened one of the rollers and took a
written scroll, believed, in old French mixed with Latin, where
you could at first glance discern of the Gospel.
- Bah, he said to the Macon,
of old paperwork dating back to the
Revolution. It has no value. Babon at
noon went to lunch at the hostel, but a thought bothered, so he
made hand around him. The Mayor
came to the information; the parish
priest showed him a parchment to which the brave man understood
drop and the case remained there.
Not quite, however, because Béranger
Saunière took it upon him to stop the work of the Church.
These are based on Mr. Corbu what had to happen
tries to decrypt the documents; It recognizes the verses of the
Gospel and the signature of Blanche de Castille with its royal
seal, but the suite remains a riddle.
It thus goes to Paris in February 1892
consult some linguists who by caution it gives its documents by
can not reveal the sources of my information
[it is Noël Corbu speaking]
and then to ensure that it was Treasury Board
of the Crown of France: eighteen million five hundred thousand
pieces of gold, jewels, objects of worship, etc.
The priest returns to Rennes
without knowing exactly the point of the hiding place, but with
valuable and sufficient indications.
It looks in the Church. Nothing!
Mary, on the other hand, is
intrigued by an old slab of the graveyard with a bizarre
inscription; It is the gravestone of the
Countess Hautpoul Blanchefort. If the treasure was below?
The priest locked the gate of the
cemetery and, assisted by Marie, for several days, engages in a
One evening, they are rewarded for their efforts and eventually
resolve the puzzle, whose headstone inscriptions had given them
the first elements.
From that moment on, the situation of
Marie Denarnaud changes to the cure: it becomes the confidante,
understand that there are six entries leading to the hideout,
which one of the keep which in 1892 was gone.
On one of the scrolls there are
counted in toises lines leaving from the main altar. Marie and
the cure measure with strings and find a terminal point in a
place called "Castle", vacant now; they dig and find the
underground and the crypt treasure where the Shepherd Paris had
gold coins, jewellery, precious dishes are there, dulled by a
thick layer of dust, but intact.
They stop a plan: the priest will go to
Spain, Belgium in Switzerland, in Germany change the parts and
it will ship the cash in the mail in Couiza on behalf of Marie
What they did is not
without danger and difficulty to repatriate capital.
Nevertheless, in 1893, the priest
SAUNIÈRE is rich, very rich... so, at his own expense he
commanded all repairs of the roof and the church he embellishes
in a sumptuous manner.
repaired the presbytery, build the wall of the cemetery,
building a kiosk in a splendid garden rockery and water jets.
In addition, he bought fine
furniture, grand prix for Marie dresses; It's come the Jamaica
rum, African monkeys, it fattens its ducks backyard with
biscuits to the spoon - so they have more fine flesh - student
of dogs for the approval...
the high life in Rennes-le-Château where taking open - table and
which table! -for the gentry of the surrounding area.
The priest buy land, houses, but on
behalf of Marie Denarnaud, and the pretty brunette with
mischievous eyes, slim waist, becomes a true chatelaine.
When he is traveling, the parish
priest he wrote: "My little Marinette, what happens to our
animals?"Am a caress to Faust and Pomponnet [dogs], healthy
rabbits. Goodbye Marie. Your Bela... "
Indeed, other beautiful also share the heart of
the billionaire. It has been suggested the names Emma Calvet, of
the beautiful Countess of b. and many others!
Because this sudden fortune has turned
head to the priest and did sink into megalomania; He dreams of
building a castle! But prudent
nonetheless there care to destroy the indications that have led
him to the crypt; in the cemetery, he
scrapes the inscriptions of funerary slab of the Countess, and
puts the scrolls in the room treasure.
The Mayor comes to him of the
criticisms about the despoiled tomb and the resources available
to it, but the priest laughs at his fears, asked about the
legacy of an uncle of America and gives him five thousand francs
The Mayor will often
return to the charge... for the same price!
Bishop Billard, Bishop of Carcassonne,
is him also concerned the behaviour of his priest, but there
again, with money, fine wines and good cheer of the difficulties
are ironed out.
In 1897, Béranger
Saunière has begun the construction of the villa Bethania, with
the walls and the Tower, which will cost the trifle of a million
gold; to have flowers in beautiful year he built a greenhouse on
the chemin de ronde.
Billard's successor, Bishop of Beauséjour, just play the
trouble-Fête: he asked Bela explanations, shall convene in Court
of Rome and finally pronounced the ban against him.
A new parish priest was appointed to
Rennes-le-Château, but SAUNIÈRE did cure, and in the chapel of
his villa continued to say his mass which brings together also
most parishioners, so that the new came up, disgusted, takes the
party no longer make the rough way Couiza-Rennes.
Bela is also preparing a new
beautification plan: he wants to raise the Tower, build a road
to Couiza, buy a car, make the water in the village.
his quote is up to eight million - gold (1914)
approximately eight billion light francs.
That money, the parish priest has in
5, 1917, he signed purchase orders, but cirrhosis of the liver
prevails on 22, before he could give effect to his project.
Mary, sorry, has the
deceased on the terrace, sitting in a Chair covered with a
blanket with red PomPoms and all the villagers come pray and
each one a tassel as a relic of the holy man.
Marie Denarnaud is now only mistress of
Rennes-le-Château because all developed in his name, but she
ends up almost cloistered life, receiving more visits, and
probably never returned to the crypt to the Treasury.
This is what says Noël Corbu, third
character in the novel and heir of Marie Denamaud. Mr. Corbu was
Marie at the end of his life, from 1946 to 1953, quite by
With his wife, he took
pension in it and knew how to inspire trust and friendship.
- Do you not bad blood,
Mr. Corbu, said a day. You will
have more money that you can spend in!
- Where will you come out? asked
- Ah that... I will say
when I die!
January 18, 1953, she
became ill, fell into unconsciousness and died, taking his
This is so new the
treasure of Blanche de Castille lost and much lost this time,
But in fact,
there is no evidence that this treasure is the mother of saint
Louis. Some argue that this
would be the treasure of Alaric, whose capital was at
Rennes-le-Château; others, and it is more likely, looking for
the treasure of the Cathars taking into account the fact that
Rennes was their second Citadel after Montségur.
Recently discovered documents illuminate
the adventure of a new day: would be several treasures and one
of them would be the treasure of the Knights Templar!
THE MYSTERIOUS SLAB
To find that Béranger Saunière, should
know the text engraved on the tombstone of "Marie Nigri of
reliable, dame de Blanchefort, seigneuress of the parish, who
died the 17th day of January 1781 at the age of 61".
She was the noble mother Marie of Hautpoul
Blanchefort, who, on 26 September 1752 had married her cousin,
Sir Joseph hautpoul, Knight and marquis.
This tombstone is located in the former cemetery
ossuary, but Béranger Saunière carefully scraped in
- It is
unfortunate that a man grown as you did not take the precaution
to make a copy of the inscription, remarked historian Ernest
Cros one day!
The priest replied
that this slab was suitable for his project of construction of
ossuary and that therefore there was no reason to keep, but he
disposed most of the question.
According to Mr. Cros, the author of
the funerary inscription was either a member of the family of
Hautpoul, the abbé Antoine Bigou, parish priest of Rennes from
1774 to 1790 and deported under the Act of August 26, 1792.
He died in exile, probably in
Sabadelle, March 21, 1794.
Before leaving, he had completed, in
the Church, the construction of a crypt, begun by the part
family of nearby and who was in the Bell Tower, part under the
paving of the Church.
Béranger Saunière discovered the hiding place and vida la of his
treasure. This point is proven by the gifts which he
demonstrated with his colleagues in the surrounding area.
The Abbot Grassaud, parish priest of
Caudiès-de-Fenouillèdes, he offered a beautiful chalice and
settled scores of suppliers with jewelry from old Bill.
When it questioned SAUNIÈRE on the
treasure he responded:
say that I found a treasure! Me year donat panat trapat, tot
case ley ley low teni!
partially reconstructed by Ernest Cros, according to statements
by the inhabitants of Rennes-le-Château, text, and the drawing
of disposal that would provide one of the two keys to the
THE STONE OF COUMESOURDE
See interpretation at the bottom of page
According a tradition may be baseless,
the tombstone and tenacious, would only give the first key of
the Enigma of the treasure.
second key would be engraved on the slab of Coumesourde Ernest
Cros discovered in 1928, near Rennes-le-Chateau, to the Summit
of Hill 532 of the staff card.
Since the 13th century, neighbours, Marquesave, Hautpoul and
Fleury families held secret the location of one or several
caches of treasures made up during the troubles of the
Revolution by successive legs.
column ensures that in 1789, before emigrating, the counties of
Fleury engraved "the enigmatic indications of the secret on the
marker of the dame de Blanchefort and on the stone of
One of the
treasures returned right to the King (case of the Infants of
Castile, grandson of St. Louis).
Another came from the Knights Templar
(case of the great families of the Roussillon region belonging
to the Majorcan) and above nobles considered their property
since the disappearance of the order.
This treasure, divided into two caches, was
buried or walled in the 14th century the lands of these
-To the banks northeast
-At Val-Dieu, Southeast of
the village, in the Casteillas or in
Coumesourde stone was hidden in a crevice of
rock and very discreetly indicated by an arrow and a cross
pattée, carved hollow in the rock.
Here is the wording and interpretation that made
Mr. Cros, erased or illegible words given:
SAE: Sauzée (Sauzils);
of the Knights Templar.
IN MEDIO LI
LINEA: the bisector of angle SAE + SIS;
UBI M SECAT = where it crosses the largest side
of the triangle.
(implication: ubi M secat): where the smallest side crosses the
PS PRAECVM: part of the
treasure of the Knights Templar;
Cross of the Knights Templar, means the Tiplies or the rock of
the banks where this engraved cross was still visible in
December 1958, (the same sign was also in 1958 on a rock of Val-Dieu).
We could theoretically be
Treasury building on a military map, geometric figures indicated
by Ernest Cros.
Registration would have been drawn by a member of the family of
Hautpoul-Fleury, before emigration.
But two major difficulties arise:
-the text of the slab of
the comtesse de Blanchefort, irretrievably destroyed, is
reconstructed from memory.
what one has Coumesourde text, missing entire words and - very
important - serious character position is very approximate.
The task of the treasure seekers
is to locate the full text.
Ernest Cros who was a disciple of
Johannite (Eastern Christian sect approved by the great
bailiff of the Temple) was wearing Coumesourde stone in Paris or
in his family, or more likely, believed to be at the
headquarters of a secret society.
Since that time (1945-1946) the stone was not
If someone, for which it
cannot be used, could or would provide information on the exact
text and layout of the serious words, the treasure of the
Templars would deliver perhaps his gold coins and precious
Be these lines be read
by the holder of the stone.
THE INCREDIBLE STONE AFAQ!
In 1960, Mr. Charles Abbot, former police
officer, who lived in Mmc... 225, rue de Charenton, in Paris, we
made interesting revelations.
The war of 14-18, said Mr. Abbot.
I was recovering at the Hospital of Choisy and
I, as a neighbor's bed, a Mason of Espéraza (Aude).
The days were long and we were chatting as
possible to kill time.
this macon, which I forgot the name, spoke to me of the treasure
of Abbot Béranger Saunière. He told me that in 1917, fearing the
arrival of the Germans, the priest had fill the ossuary which
was, immediately to the right upon entering the cemetery.
In reality, it was not an ossuary
itself, but a masoned expectation gap where no doubt put the
coffins for provisional deposit.
Gold, at the bottom of this pit, my bed neighbour told me that
he had noticed, with astonishment, a small door or hatch giving
it knew where.
Think well, he
believed now that this case was in relation to that of Treasury
which talked much to Espéraza and Rennes.
Another witness, but somewhat suspect, is that of Mr Pierre
Alquier from Perpignan, porters in the market of the place de la
République, with whom we were in correspondence in 1959, through
Ms. Marie-Thérèse Rivallier, 23, Duchalmeau Street, as our
informant did not read or write.
It was from Espéraza and manoeuvre in his youth,
suggesting that its history is perhaps true.
I can't remember when, but it was in may, said
Pierre Alquier... perhaps in 1916, because I was all kid, that
the cure Béranger Saunière asked me to ride to the cure, for
work of confidence.
It was weird,
because I lived in Espéraza and there should be, in Rennes and
in Couiza, workers older and more qualified than me, but it is
true that labour was scarce, since able-bodied men were all in
Between the Castle and
Pierre Alquier thus means not real castle of Rennes, belonging
to Mr. Fatin, but the parish priest who for him was sumptuous
and stately home. He said exactly: "between the Church and the
castle of the priest". the priest made
me dig a hole six to eight metres. We found, closed by a grid of
all rusty iron, an underground that was on the side of the
Church. With my pick, I blew the lock.
There was then a gallery of three
meters in length about and we have entered a crypt filled with
treasures, weapons and skeletons.
I have touched nothing, the cure has not liked.
I was told to go and handed me
six thousand francs of money for my sentence, ordering me to
always keep my language.
there is a long time ago!
opinion, the treasure Chamber was located behind the castle of
the parish priest.
that leads out in the sacristy and the devil in the middle of
the Chapel (?) This information is
certainly false. the "Devil" and the baptismal font supported by
a devil that is placed inside the Church, on the left when you
enter. The sacristy is far from that point.
This bizarre relationship deserves to be taken
strongly doubt, because Pierre Alquier sleeping habituellemcnt
under the stars is well capable of inventing a story for little
pushed at the cabaret!
addition, he was born in 1908 as he says, he was eight years old
when the priest used it as a Digger, which is well believable!
In any event, Treasury has
existed, and there is certainly, as seems to suggest this letter
in the archives of Mr. Corbu and written by one of his friends
to the priest: "you can not say anything publicly, but confess,
you'll be absolved because you have nothing to blame yourself".
Alas! Béranger Saunière would
never to confess about the treasure, if not his mistress, Marie
secret is not impenetrable.
A resident of Rennes-le-Château, who
knows maybe long, once said to a member of the Club of
researchers of treasures:
The secret to the cure to the billion is at the bottom of a
grave, it's only to find that...
One day so billions hidden by the
old parish priest will be perhaps found by the gravedigger, and
it will be too bad for the small city perched on its rocky peak.
It will lose much of its mystery... or the darker, if you
1965, Noël Corbu sold his restaurant in Rennes - the ~ castle to
a hotel chain and a factory. It has took
more steps to make it appear that he had found the treasure!
We think that Noël Corbu, after
twelve years of fruitless research, considered it wise to
abandon the arid mountains of Corbières and their disappointing
THE COUMESOURDE STONE
REGIS: the King.
Mario: in the cellars.
ARCIS: Citadel (other ways possible).
ERAP-CVM: the heralds ("AREP-convm"
abstract; heralds of Christ, one of the designations of the
Knights Templar in the 13th and 14th centuries).
Where: "At Rennes, a treasure is
hidden in the cellars of the Citadel of the King.
This treasure belonged to the Knights Templar".
Another interpretation :
Reddis: in Rennes. Arcis:
from Blanchefort (Blanca fortax, arcis).
Mario: in the caves (or encrypted).
Praecum: from the Knights Templar.