8 billion in a tomb


Of authors spoke of the mythical "treasure of the Abbé SAUNIÈRE".

When 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 Fayard.

Written 1967

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 five bad miles.

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 hiding place.

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.

Blanche de Castile died in 1252 after revealing the secret to saint Louis, who entrusted it to his son Philippe le Hardi.

He 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.

Was there 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 next:

The priest 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 fragments.

I do 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 mysterious work. 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, the collaborator.

I 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 once led.

The 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 Denarnaud.

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.

He 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...

It is 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 in gold.

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.

Bishop 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 cash.

LC January 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 chance.

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 Christmas.

- Ah that... I will say when I die!

January 18, 1953, she became ill, fell into unconsciousness and died, taking his secret.

This is so new the treasure of Blanche de Castille lost and much lost this time, apparently!

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!


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 registration.

- 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.

In 1891, 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:

- They say that I found a treasure! Me year donat panat trapat, tot case ley ley low teni!

Here, 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 puzzle:




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.

The 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.

A 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 Coumesourde".

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 families:

-To the banks northeast of Rennes.
-At Val-Dieu, Southeast of the village, in the Casteillas or in  de Couleurs

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);
SIS: rocks;
+: Cross 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.
LINEA PARVA (implication: ubi M secat): where the smallest side crosses the largest;
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.

-in 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.

Mr. 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 found.

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 documents!

Be these lines be read by the holder of the stone.


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.

Therefore, 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 the war.

Between the Castle and the Church,
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.

But there is a long time ago!

In my opinion, the treasure Chamber was located behind the castle of the parish priest.

The gallery 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 into account?

We strongly doubt, because Pierre Alquier sleeping habituellemcnt under the stars is well capable of inventing a story for little pushed at the cabaret!

In 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 Denarnaud.

However, the 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 prefer.

In 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 treasures!



PS: go.
REDDIS: in Rennes.
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 :

PS: property.
Regis: the King.
Reddis: in Rennes. Arcis: from Blanchefort (Blanca fortax, arcis).
Mario: in the caves (or encrypted).
Praecum: from the Knights Templar.