What to see
Walk into St Mary Magdalene’s church, and you step into the epoch of Father Saunière. Almost every aspect of its richly decorated interior was chosen by Father Saunière: the altar, pulpit, stained-glass windows and the statuary, including the grimacing devil supporting the holy stoup at the entrance to the church.
The decoration of the church contains a wealth of intriguing and disturbing details that can be interpreted in multiple ways. Whether paintings, statues, floor paving or pulpit – all the elements of this small church seem to have a secret to deliver…
Bérenger Saunière Museum and Domain:
Physically attached to the church, the old presbytery has today been turned into the Bérenger Saunière Museum. Here you can learn more about this astonishing parish priest and his discoveries, and also about developments since his death. Information panels, archival material, furnishings, scale models and video projections carry you into the heart of the enigma that is Rennes-le-Château.
- The Carolingian Knights’ Stone uncovered by the priest in 1887 (and beneath which, it is said, Father Saunière discovered a pot of gold coins and a skull pierced by a hole).
- The original Carolingian altar pillar that may have contained mysterious documents.
- A replica of the headstonefrom the grave of Marie de Nègre d’Ables, the last chatelaine of Rennes-le-Château, with its inscription full of spelling mistakes – an inscription many consider coded.
- A video narrated by well-known author and film-maker Henry Lincoln telling the story of Father Saunière’s life and work in Rennes-le-Château.
- Waxwork figures of Father Saunière and his housekeeper, made by the Musée Grevin in Paris.
- Discover the Villa Bethany, a very smart residence to which the priest attached a glazed private chapel.
- Stroll along the panoramic terrace at the top of the garden and enjoy breath-taking views of the Pyrenees.
- Climb right to the top of the emblematic Magdala Tower, Father Saunière’s library and office, with its turrets and spiral staircase in the Gothic Revival style.
- Enjoy the warmth of the glazed Orangery at the opposite end of the terrace.
At the end of your visit, why not spend time browsing in our museum shop? Here you will find the English edition of the official guide to Father Saunière’s Domain, along with other books on Rennes-le-Château, postcards and souvenir items. We also have a vending machine for hot and cold drinks and outdoor seating in the courtyard in fine weather.
Rennes le Château, for all!!!!
You will be captivated not only by the mysteries surrounding Father Saunière's Domain, but also by the rich history and very special atmosphere of Rennes le Château. Whether you visit as a family, a couple or a s part of a group, we invite you to journey throught the centuries as you discover our natural and cultural heritage
Rennes-le-Château for individuals, couples and families
Your entrance ticket to the Domain Saunière allows you to explore the museum and grounds at your own pace. Once you have left the Domain, you can stroll through our picturesque streets, sample our shops and restaurants, or picnic at the top of the village with a magnificent view of the Magdala Tower.
Rennes-le-Château for groups
We are always delighted to welcome groups to Rennes-le-Château and are happy to help you plan your visit. If you would like to discuss your programme requirements (e.g. guided tours, restaurant reservations, coach parking).
Please contact us:
Guided tours of the Museum are available in English, Spanish and French for groups of 10 adults or more. Tours can be adapted to last between 40 and 90 minutes. Advance reservation by email or phone is required:
Guided tour price per person including Museum admission: € 6
(1 group member admitted free for every 9 paying members)