Posts Tagged ‘Treasure’

Two main legends surround the famous Hun when it comes to the Venetian Lagoon and it’s islands.

Attila’s throne is still there to be admired on Torcello island, between the two churches of Santa Maria Assunta and Santa Fosca. There is a big marble chair on the grass, allegedly it belonged to the mighty leader and he is said to return back there on the odd occasion.

North of Torcello is a little island called Monte Dell’Oro (Mount of Gold). The Huns would move their hauls through the island and one that was laden with gold sank. Paoletti reported that Attilla destroyed Altino and they put the treasures there, they kept the treasures sank in the mud in tanks. The area was then inhabited by refugees who put a Monastery and church there. In the late Middle Ages the area was used to build simple military posts and then in 1848 insurgents built a stronger building, that was used by the Italian Army in the First World War. There is a small remnant of this but other buildings there have long seen been left to decay and no trace remains of them. Until 1994 the island was State owned but is not privately owned and can only be reached there by private boat. 

Attila’s treasure that was gathered via death and destruction is now said to be guarded there by the devil himself. The devil, disguised as a black cat, can be seen on the island if you try to go after the gold. 

 

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.