This is a commune in Languedoc in southern France. Celtic tribes regard the place as a sacred site. In 1362 the population was wiped out by the plague. The town was destroyed by Catalan bandits, so it remained the small and mystical village that it is today. It has become an international tourist spot for conspiracy theorists, with alleged buried treasure discovered by it’s 19th Century Priest but due to the conflicting accounts it is met with skepticism.

Bérenger Saunière the priest was also summoned for an ecclesiastical trial for conducting Simony and was suspended from the priesthood, he was found guilty and failed to produce his account books, he also refused to attend his trial. This marred history of the fellow again puts his accounts of the treasure into jeopardy. 17th January 1917, at the age of 65, suffered a stroke and died five days later. The reason I mention that part is that he mentioned something in his confession to his priest on his deathbed that meant the priest refused to administer last rites to Sauniére.

Interest has again been brought to light with the popularity of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. A rumour surfaced thanks to a local restaurant owner who told anyone interested that Bérenger had discovered parchments whilst renovating the church in 1892, the treasure was something to do with Blanche of Castile and consisted of 28, 2000,000 gold pieces that had been assembled together to pay the ransom of Saint Louis. It is also worth noting that there have been excavations but no one has confirmed any traces of the treasure.

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