Rennes-le-Chateau is a little hilltop village located in the foothills of the French Pyrenees, about 50 kilometres south of Carcassonne. The community consists of only 110 people and less then 30 of them live on the hill itself, the others in hamlets nearby. I myself live in Les Labadous. More then 130.000 tourists flood this little village each year, mostly in the months of June, July and August. It is a very old place, a magic place, a sacred place, and a place full of mysteries. It has seen an enormous “revival” during the last 50 years.
It is a place very much like Glastonbury. I have visited Glastonbury several times and have written a book called Glastonbury and the Holy Grail. Unfortunately, for English readers, the book is in Dutch, like the three books I wrote about Rennes-le-Château, called De Geheime Boodschappen van Rennes-le-Chateau. However during my research into Glastonbury and Rennes-le-Chateau I was surprised to see how much these two sacred places have in common. How very similar they are. It is really incredible. Let me tell you about some of these similarities.
Rennes-le-Château is best known, if not famous, for its ‘multi-million dollar’ priest, Bérenger Saunière, who lived here from 1885 until his death in 1917. It's thought he found a treasure. He could have found something hidden by a previous priest, Antoine Bigou, who was obliged to flee to Spain after the French Revolution. He could have found the treasures of the Visigoths, the Merovingians, the Cathars, the Knights Templar, or the ransom money of Blanche of Castille for Saint Louis. The area is a real treasure map.
Saunière may have found religious treasures or known where those treasures were buried. He may have known about the Temple of Solomon, built in 600 BC under the nearby mountain of Pech Cardou, housing the Arc of the Covenant, the Menorah and other religious treasures. Jesus might be buried there, as well as Mary Magdalene and, more controversially, their daughter Sarah. He may have uncovered secret documents, documents treasured by the Cathars or the Knights Templar, and feared by the Church. Forbidden gospels, the second Gospel of John, or even a book written by Jesus himself, The Book of Love.
The priest may have been trading treasures, documents and information. Maybe he was financed by secret societies, societies that are abundant in France, and very powerful. Or by royal families like the Habsburgs or the Bourbons. Or even by high officials from the Vatican. He could have received gifts from people who wanted to stay anonymous. All these topics and theories have been discussed at length in books, magazines and documentaries on secret societies and other organizations. Altogether there are more than 600 books written about Rennes-le-Chateau and related topics. And every year new books appear, new camera teams arrive and new clues surface.
I have done my share as well by writing three books about the secrets and mysteries of Rennes-le-Chateau and its surrounding of Provence, Languedoc and Ariege. It is the land of Mary Magdalene, the Cathars, the Knights Templar, the Holy Grail, the Ark of the Covenant, Sacred Geometry and Secret Societies.
As a writer and researcher I was not so much interested in where Sauniere got his money from, but where he spent it on. He completely refurbished his church, a church dedicated to Mary Magdalene since 1059 AD. At that time it was probably a chapel attached to the castle – and much older than the 11th century, possibly dating from the sixth century. In that lovely little church you will find no less than 96 anomalies to what is “normal” in a small Roman Catholic church in the south of France. And all these anomalies have produced as many theories as to where the treasure might be buried or what the real secret was. Several writers, for example, viewed the Stations of the Cross, as a detailed map describing the route to the treasure cave. Unfortunately the routes went to totally different places.
But the mysteries of Rennes-le-Chateau are not the same as the mysteries of Saunière. There is more to Rennes-le-Chateau, much more.
Julius Africanus, a writer from Edessa, was the first one to use this term, indicating the offspring of Jesus and Mary Magdalene or, to be more precise, the offspring of the Holy Family consisting of Mother Mary, Father Joseph and Jesus. But Jesus had, at least according to the highly respected author Laurence Gardner, three brothers, Joseph, Simon and Judas and three sisters, Maria, Salome and Joanna. He stated that Mary Magdalene was married to Jesus. And that she left the Holy Land immediately after the crucifixion in 33 AD or later in 44 AD, going to France, the second Holy Land. Where exactly she landed, we don’t know. It could have been Marseilles, Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer or somewhere near Narbonne or Perpignan.
She was accompanied by several people, among them Martha, Lazarus, Maria, Salome and Sarah. In France she was visited several times by Jesus, who did not die on the cross, again according to Laurence Gardner. In France, and more specifically in the Rennes-le-Chateau area, they established the royal houses of Acqs and Anfortas. From which sprang the Merovingians, the counts of Toulouse and Narbonne, the kings of Septimania, a Jewish kingdom and the house of Burgundy. Joseph of Arimathea, the younger brother of Jesus, went to England, to Cornwall and to Glastonbury, where he married princess Enygeusa. From that marriage sprang the royal Welsh houses of Powys, Gwynedd and Gwyr-y-Gogledd, the famous Fisher Kings, the emperor Constantine and the kings of Brittany, Cornwall and Scotland.
How peculiar that the most famous bloodlines of Europe were started in Glastonbury and Rennes-le-Château. And even more peculiar is the fact that where these two bloodlines met, where they intermarried, some of the most powerful rulers in Europe were born. Like King Clovis and King Arthur and the emperors Constantine and Charlemagne.
The Holy Grail
This mysterious object can be found both in Rennes-le-Chateau and in Glastonbury – and in a hundred other places around the world. Even though we don’t know what the Grail exactly is. It can be 50 different things, varying from a cauldron, to stones, crystals, cups, bloodlines or the search for the divine spark within us. Let us stick, in this story, to the ‘Christian Grail’, the Grail associated with Jesus and Mary Magdalene.
Both places, Rennes-le-Chateau and Glastonbury, have a strong claim to this Grail. Think of the two cruets that Joseph of Arimathea brought with him: one with the blood and one with the sweat of Jesus. So beautifully pictured in the stained glass window of St John’s church at Glastonbury. And the cup, used at the Last Supper (or to catch the blood of Jesus hanging at the cross). They could be buried under Wearyall Hill, Chalice Hill, near the Red and White Spring or in the ‘Holiest Earthe’ on the abbey grounds.
The same applies for Rennes-le-Chateau. There are numerous paintings, pictures, statues, stained glass windows showing Mary Magdalene holding the cup used at the Last Supper. Or the cup used by her to anoint Jesus. But the Holy Grail can also be the bloodline of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. That cup could be buried in the church of Rennes-le-Chateau, in the temple of Solomon under the Pech Cardou, in the Notre Dame de Marceille in Limoux and in many other places in the South of France.
She is a wonderful woman, a total woman, all a woman could ever be. She is present in both worlds, in England and in France. In Glastonbury we find her in Magdalene Street, in the chapel dedicated to her on the Isle of Beckery and in many churches throughout Somerset. The most famous being the church in Taunton, which is dedicated to her, even though nobody seems to know why. A church full of magnificent pictures, statues and stained glass windows of Mary Magdalene. But there is more. There are stories, mostly channeled stories, of Mary Magdalene visiting Glastonbury, accompanied by her brother-in-law Joseph of Arimathea. And even of Mary Magdalene living in a cave under Chalice Hill, together with her daughter Sarah. Others say she spent the last years of her life in a little hut on the coast of Wales.
Rennes-le-Chateau and in fact the whole of the south of France, especially the “Pays Cathar” in the Languedoc, are saturated with images of Mary Magdalene. She is everywhere. In the church in Rennes-le-Chateau, of course, she is very prominent, and in many other churches, chapels and basilicas. Not so much in cathedrals, which can be explained by the fact that these buildings have always been fortresses of orthodox Christianity and male power. Mary Magdalene has, according to numerous, channeled stories, and also to very old folktales, lived for several years in Rennes-le-Chateau. There are various places named after her, including the Cave of Mary Magdalene, directly opposite Rennes-le-Chateau. A few psychics have even shown me the place where she lived! These were different locations, okay, but they were no more then a few hundred metres apart.
She could be buried in the church in Rennes-le-Chateau or at the foot of the hill. Or in the Temple of Solomon under the Pech Cardou, in the church of St Salvayre or the Notre Dame de Marceille. All very close to Rennes-le-Chateau. There is one curious, channeled story that states how Mary Magdalene, with a small group of followers, left Rennes-le-Chateau for Avalon. First the city of Avallon in France, near Auxerre, and then to Avalon in England. Her aim was to reactivate en route all the sacred places of Isis. However in the vicinity of Vezelay she was betrayed and brutally murdered. Her body was burned and her ashes dispersed. Strange that this should happen in Vezelay. A place that would later become one of the major cult centres of Mary Magdalene.
The Gnostic religion
Both England and the South of France have a tradition of relative, religious freedom. In England Joseph of Arimathea preached the teachings of Christ and Mary Magdalene. A religion we would now call Gnostic. A religion of love, of spiritual growth, of personal experiences with the Divine. Concerned with the divine spark in each person and consisting of highly spiritual teachings, as described in the Apocrypha, the gospels that were suppressed and later declared to be heretic at the end of the 4th century by the Roman Catholic Church. Many of these gospels were found in Nag Hammadi in 1945, hidden in the desert sands of Egypt.
These original teachings blended wonderfully with the religion of the Druids in England, from which evolved the Celtic Church. England, that country across the sea had always had a somewhat uneasy relationship with the orthodox, arrogant Church of Rome. Think of Pelagianismn, of Thomas Beckett, King Henry VIII and Oliver Cromwell’s Puritanism.
The search for the Holy Grail could well be both a search for a true descendant of the Holy Family as a search for the lost, original teachings of Christ: the true faith. Without these two, as we all know from the famous Grail legends, the country was bound to be bare.
In France, especially in Languedoc, Mary Magdalene preached with so much love and such conviction, that the people nowadays still remember and worship her. In this area the Visigoths were Arian Christians. They did not believe in the divinity of Jesus. After them came the Merovingians, priest-kings, descendants of the Holy Family, followed by the Carolingians. All powerful kings who held no great love for Rome. Then came the Jewish kingdom of Septimania followed by an early Renaissance in the Languedoc where Jews, Muslims and Christians lived peacefully together. And women had equal rights.
The Cathar religion resurfaced in this area. And in several other places in Europe. A wonderful, pure Gnostic belief, which stood out all the more because of the incredible corruption and lust for power of the Catholic Church. This beautiful, true religion was savagely suppressed during the Albigensian crusade, from 1209-1244. A “crusade” where more than 100,000 Christians were brutally murdered by their fellow Christians. Followed a few years later by the Papal inquisition, the plague, robber knights from Spain, the Hundred Years’ War with England, the Huguenots and the French Revolution.
Sacred femininity is also strongly felt in both in Glastonbury and Rennes-le-Chateau. In Glastonbury a wonderful revival of sacred femininity took place during the last hundred years. Shaped by powerful Goddesses, Goddess Temples and all these beautiful women in the shops, statues and healing centres. In Glastonbury love is in the air. So the search for the Holy Grail could very well be the search for the lost Sacred Femininity. Lost by the Church, which, during the last millennium, has been systematically putting women down, persecuting them and denying them any credence.
It all started with Jewish orthodoxy, with a brief respite during the time of Jesus, although it is well known that Peter was no great friend of Mary Magdalene. Things really took a turn for the worse during the 4th century when a new “Christian” religion was forged as state religion. It was not so much a religion as a power tool for the Roman emperor and for the Church of Rome. In the 6th century pope Gregory I made things even worse by linking the seven vices to Mary Magdalene.
The princes of the church must have been very much afraid of the power of women to so brutally and systematically suppress it. After the Inquisition came the awful persecution of witches. Finally at last, during the last century, we saw the emancipation of women in the western world and only recently, the revival of sacred femininity.
Now we can witness the swift demise of the Church with its dogmas, its rules and regulations and its doctrines based on guilt, fear, penitence, sexual suppression and the inferiority of women. Now we know that the Bible is not God's Word. Now we know how much wrong the church has done and that is mildly put. Now we know about the real Mary Magdalene. Now we know about the true teachings of Jesus.
In Glastonbury Sacred Femininity is almost tangible. In Rennes-le-Chateau and in the whole Languedoc the “energy” of Mary Magdalene is very much present and getting stronger every day. It is a loving and powerful force that is supported by the ancient Mother Goddess and other, famous goddesses such as Isis, Hathor, Inanna, Isthar, Athena and Diana. It is also supported by a renewed interest in Black Madonnas, those ancient symbols of female power and creativity. Love is the answer, not power, not materialism, not money, nor guilt or fear, but love.
Glastonbury is a town of love: a place full of festivals, carnivals, ceremonies, pilgrimages, goddesses, healing and the joy of living. The same applies for Rennes-le-Chateau in Languedoc. The Cathars knew about love. Universal love. They knew about the special relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene. They knew how much they loved each other. There are still many signs of that very special love. Pictures, statues, cards, booklets of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, leaning towards each other, clearly in love. Even in churches that are open to the public, these images can be seen. Wonderful. No discussion as to who the person next to Jesus is at the Last Supper. Is it John, the beloved disciple, or Mary Magdalene? Now there is no doubt at all. The person next to Jesus is a woman, a lovely woman, Mary Magdalene, apostle of the apostles.
The two sacred bloodlines, the Holy Grail, the Gnostic teachings of Jesus, Mary Magdalene and sacred femininity, are the most obvious and the most powerful items that “connect” Glastonbury and Rennes-le-Chateau. But there is even more…
Both places are ancient places, very ancient places. Places where ferocious battles were fought between the forces of Darkness and the forces of Light. Between the Gods and the Giants. Both are said to be settlements of the Atlanteans. There is even a story about a temple of Lemuria that stood, some 46.000 years ago, in Rennes-le-Chateau. Both places are full of mysteries. With intraterrestial civilizations, huge energies that can transform the human mind and stories about UFO bases and UFO sightings. Both places are sacred places, situated at the intersection of important leylines. Both places have doorways to other dimensions and huge zodiacs. Both places are built according to the laws of sacred geometry. And both places are full of treasures and magic.
In the Rennes-le-Chateau area there are two sacred mountains. The Pech Cardou, shaped like a pyramid and 795 metres high, and the Pech Bugarach, 1224 metres high, a very rough and irregularly shaped mountain, with many faces. The Pech Cardou is said to be a female mountain and the Pech Bugarach a male mountain. Both mountains are often compared to the sacred mountains in the Holy Land. The Pech Cardou to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and the Pech Bugarach to Mount Sinai. That might be reason why so many Jews came to this place. This land might even have been the “new homeland” of the lost tribe of Benjamin. The Pech Bugarach has an enormous energy, so much so that several people could not climb to the top, but had to turn back halfway the mountain. Even my dog, a fearless Rhodesian ridgeback, refused to climb any further. And people living close to the mountain either leave the place, because the energy is too high, or become peevish and rigid. The Bugarach is said to be an ancient volcano that blew its top, which landed upside down on the mountain. Very interesting material for geologists. The mountain is said to house one of the five UFO bases in the world. Others say that it houses the Arc of The Covenant.
Every year, at least when October 13th is on a Friday, the day when the Knights Templar were apprehended, a procession of knights, dressed in white robes with a red cross, walks from the nearby Chateau Templiers to the Pech Bugarach where they disappear in the mountain. This spectacle is witnessed by hundreds of people camping on the side of the mountain. I was there too, but I never saw anything. The Pech Cardou is said to house the new Temple of Solomon, built in the 6th century BC, before Nebuchadnezzar conquered Jerusalem. The temple was built as a safe haven for the Arc of the Covenant. The Temple is guarded by a group of 12 initiates. Every 106 years the temple can be accessed by three of them through one of the 12 entrances hidden in the countryside around the mountain. The temple is said to house many valuable religious objects, like the Menorah and possibly the Arc of the Covenant. It is also said also that Jesus is buried there. No wonder they call Rennes-le-Chateau the “New Jerusalem”. Just like Glastonbury is often called the “English Jerusalem”. In Glastonbury the Tor is the dominating feature in the land, housing doorways to other dimensions and possessing enormous energies as well.
Both places are magic places. Places that attract people from all over the world. Often people who never heard of Glastonbury or Rennes-le-Chateau, but were directed to go there, by their masters, their guides, their gods, the Great Nautonnier or whoever else is directing their lives, find them to be places where they find rest and peace of mind. Places with a strong female energy and wonderful healing powers. Places where the earth, the trees, the stones speak to you. These are places of meditation and introspection where memories buried deep in our sub-conscious are triggered and where ancient knowledge and wisdom surfaces; where people discover who they really are; where people very often find their new destiny. Wonderful places. Set in a magical landscape, pure, unspoiled by human hands. With beautiful rivers, springs, trees and flowers. Places of wisdom, love and ancient knowledge. Places of joy and happiness.
Springs and sources
Glastonbury is famous for its Red Spring and its White spring. And maybe for other springs like Bride’s well on the isle of Beckery. In the Rennes-le-Chateau area there are many springs as well. There is supposed to be a huge lake underneath the hill on which Rennes-le-Chateau is built, as well as under the plateau south of the village. Exactly like the possible lakes under the Tor and Chalice Hill. Also there is a spring at Les Labadous called Fontaine de l’Amour. In the neighbouring village of Alet-les-Bains is a public spring where people collect the precious water in bottles and containers, just as they do in Wellhouse lane. In Rennes-les-Bains are several hot springs, as well as the spring called “le Cercle” or the “Source of Isis” and the Source de la Madeleine near the Sals River.
In Campagne–les-Bains is a spring called the “Womb of the Mother Goddess”, and near the Notre Dame de Marceille in Limoux you will find a spring with water that heals the eyes. It was once a famous pilgrimage site. Near the Notre Dame du Cros, with her famous Black Madonna, is a sacred spring. And the spring at Fontestorbes is also a well known tourist attraction, with the water rising and going down every half hour. Furthermore there is lots of red earth in the area, which often indicates, according to my spiritual friends, the site of a holy place. There are also many yew trees in these sacred places. Another sign of a holy place. Especially near springs, mountains, caves, Cathar castles, ancient shrines and other holy places. Like the yew trees in Glastonbury.
Minerals and mining
In both places valuable minerals were found. In Rennes-le-Chateau, Rennes-les-Bains and Auriac, silver and gold was mined up until the Middle Ages. In the Mendip Hills, silver, lead and tin were found. The Knights Templar have carried out some extensive mining operations in this area. Whether they were mining gold and silver or carrying out other, secret operations is not known. What we do know is that they minted their own gold coins, in a place in the mountain range close to the Chateau Templiers, 5 kms southeast of Rennes–le-Chateau. And it is said that they produced there, by way of an intricate alchemical process, that famous white gold powder, called “Ormus”, a powder that was used to give the stained glass windows in the churches and cathedrals built in the 13thcentury, that fabulous sparkling shine. While others say that this white gold powder is the main ingredient of the elixir of life.
Pilgrims and tourists
Glastonbury has special pilgrimages for the Church of England, for the Catholics and for the Druids. Rennes-le-Chateau has no such pilgrimages, although around the 22nd of July, the feast day of Mary Magdalene, many spiritual groups come to the area to sing, meditate and follow in the footsteps of Mary Magdalene. Our million-dollar priest, Berenger Sauniere, after having visited Lourdes, wanted to make this village into a real pilgrim site. He even had a name for it: “La Colline Inspiree”, The Inspired Hill.
There are also many special festivities at Glastonbury. The great Rock Festival alone attracts more than 100,000 visitors. Then there are many other festivals, pilgrimages, carnival processions and special happenings. And there is of course the normal tourist trade. In Rennes-le-Chateau it is estimated that more than 130,000 tourists visit this little hilltop village each year. Last year a little train (tractor) was used to carry all the tourists up to the village. Most people however stay for just a couple of hours to look at the church, the Hautpoul castle, the Tour Magdala and the Villa Bethania and enjoy the magnificent view and perhaps a glass of rosé in the garden of Sauniere before leaving. Another similar feature is the attraction that these holy places seem to hold for kings, noble houses and church dignitaries. That applies for both Glastonbury and Rennes-le-Chateau.
Towers and castles
Just like the tower dedicated to St Michael on top of the Tor, Rennes-le-Chateau also has its towers. The Tour Magdala, built on the south side of the Belvedere, the Visigoth watchtower on the plateau beneath the village, although others say it is an ancient windmill and a real Visigoth watchtower in Fa, 7 kms west of Rennes-le-Chateau. Furthermore this area is famous for its magnificent Cathar castles that are situated high up in the mountains, in inaccessible places and are very hard to conquer. They radiate both an awesome power and an infinite sadness, or “tristesse”. The most famous Cathar castles are the Montsegur, Puilaurens, Peyrepertuse, Queribus, Villerouge-Termenes and Lastours. And let us not forget he old Hautpoul castle in Rennes-le-Chateau, dating possibly from he 6thcentury AD. And the castles of Arques, Serres, Quillan, Roquetaillade, Couiza and La Serpent. All within 10 kms of Rennes-le-Chateau.
Heathen and Holy
There are even more similarities. Strange similarities like the “heathen-ness” and “holiness” of both places, that curious mixture of Pagan and Christian energies. Both sites were sacred places of the old Gods. Both sites are sacred places of the new God. Rennes-le-Château was an outpost of Lemuria, 46,000 years ago. A holy place known all over the world. Glastonbury and Rennes-le-Chateau both were outposts of Atlantis, and places where Megalithic and Neolithic people lived and where they built impressive stone monuments. Where temples dedicated to Isis stood. Both places were holy places of the Celts who took great care of the beautiful countryside.
Christianity, at least Christianity as we know it today, came slowly to these places, more slowly than elsewhere. For the people living in these holy places preferred a more loving, and more spiritual religion. Like the teachings coming directly from Jesus and Mary Magdalene, and from Joseph of Arimathea and Enygeusa, before the Roman emperors and the Church of Rome made it into a power tool. The original, Gnostic teachings of Jesus and Joseph of Arimathea blended gently with the Celtic beliefs. Glastonbury and Rennes-le-Chateau have always kept the memory of the original teachings of Jesus and Mary Magdalene alive in spite of severe persecutions, inquisition, war and revolutions. These places, even as holy Christian places, maintained their special, half holy heathen, half holy Christian character.
In both places you will also encounter many Orbs, and see other strange light phenomena. Beautiful, imposing light phenomena. I have over a thousand pictures of the strangest Orbs: white ones, multicoloured Orbs, red ones, blue ones and green ones. Orbs with eyes, with strange bites taken out of it. Orbs with faces. Bright white shooters going in every direction. Strange, huge clouds that can be very menacing. But also “Zorro” types of light streaks, criss-crossing over my camera. Most of the Orbs are found near sacred places, like special caves, springs and rivers, churches built on ancient sites, places where Mary Magdalene is worshipped. But also in places of joy and happiness where special ceremonies are held, festivities, dancing and singing.
I don’t know what Orbs are. Human beings without a body, the souls of people who passed away, extra- or intra-terrestials, energies that will clean the area. Or are they angels, guides, masters, or ghosts? We don’t know. Lately several publications have appeared on Orbs. More and more people are “seeing” Orbs. Not with the naked eye, but through the eye of their camera, especially cameras with a high infrared sensitivity. This is not only in the darkness or using a flashlight but also during the day, in particular when it rains, snows, or in heavy fog. We should be careful not to confuse Orbs with known photographic effects. But many of my, and other, Orbs cannot be explained that way. I feel that the Orbs carry a message. Only what message? Perhaps, through greater research at the sacred sites of Glastonbury and Rennes-le-Chateau, one day we will find out…
Jaap Rameijer is a writer and researcher based in Rennes-le-Chateau. He has a keen interest in supernatural phenomena and has written a number of books on Rennes-le-Chateau and Glastonbury.
Labyrinth and Zodiac
The Zodiac in Glastonbury was discovered by Katherine Maltwood. She published her findings in the book Glastonbury’s Temple of the Stars. Some 50 years later the American writer Elizabeth van Buren discovered a huge Zodiac in the area around Rennes-le-Chateau. She published her findings in the book Refuge of the Apocalypse and called this place, “The Temple of Time”.
Glastonbury has its labyrinth on the slopes of the Tor. Just south of Rennes-le-Chateau, in Granès, we have a man-made labyrinth made by the Swiss sculptor Ours Zimmerman. And some 15 kms west of Rennes-le-Chateau in a place called Nebias is huge, natural labyrinth, with strange rock formations, small rocks and very big ones, small paths and many multi-stemmed trees. A labyrinth where people often have visions of their past lives, walking through the trees and stones. A labyrinth too where you can easily get lost, as happened to me and many others.
Secret Glastonbury caves?
Both places have beautiful caves, like the Aven Cave, the Birthing cave and the Cave of Mary Magdalene in Rennes-le-Chateau as well as the caves of Arques and Perillos. Real caves, ancient caves from some 20,000 years ago. Magic caves too, often filled with beautiful Orbs, those multicoloured light balls. The Pyrenees and the foothills of the Pyrenees are literally riddled with caves. Beautiful caves like the Cave of Niaux, the cave de Lombrives, the Cave of Aguzou and the cave of Cabrespines, to name a just a few. And of course the very impressive initiation caves of the Cathars. The Bethlehem cave, the Eglise, the Heremite cave, all situated in the sacred mountain near Tarascon-sur-Ariege.
In Glastonbury, I am convinced, there are also many caves. In Wearyall Hill, in Chalice Hill, in the Tor, in the Mendip Hills. Caves waiting to be found or found already but kept secret. In both places we find menhirs, dolmens, cromlechs and stone circles. Not so famous and so beautiful as those in Avebury, Stonehenge or Carnac, but often located on special places. Lonely hills with ancient trees or marking some sacred geometry in the landscape. Like the Pierre Droite in St Salvayre and the Pierre Dressee in Serres. Furthermore there are beautiful dolmens 50 kms north of Rennes-le-Chateau, like the Dolmen of Rolande and the Dolmen des Fades and there are many more dolmens and stone circles 40 kms south of Rennes-le-Chateau, in the direction of Prades.