Rennes-le-Chateau was our first stop!  It sits on top of a hill with GORGEOUS 360 degree views. There is quite a lot of history and speculation about this place including the treasure of the Knights Templar and Mary Magdalene’s tomb etc etc.

You can read about it in-depth HERE.

Steve read from his scenes that took place here and we all took in the amazing landscapes. I am always amazed at how in THOSE days they were able to build a city on TOP of a mountain. And a library in a tower. Why not.

So here’s the good , then the bad.

I felt peace looking over the hills. You can see for miles. Miles of gorgeous hills.

I felt peace in the gardens. Beautiful and serene.

I felt peace throughout the common streets. I am amazed that people LIVE there. I loved seeing their modern cars parked in front of their ancient home structures and their laundry hanging out on their clothing lines.

But  that silly church was not right. Somber and sad.

I think that the Priest Bérenger Saunière was a CRAZY! There are some pretty unsettling things he did when he took over that church!

Here’s the thing about Eglise Ste. Marie-Madeleine (The Church is dedicated to St. Mary-Magdalenen) from my limited knowledge first impression, but Christian background…

When a statue of Satan greets you at the door, I’m not sure that makes it a place God wants to come?

But that’s just me.

In fact, I didn’t even take a picture of it. But if you are so inclined you can see it HERE.


With that said, enjoy the pics! 🙂


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