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Martha Neyman presents its research on the treasure of Rennes le Chateau.  Templars are involved. They hid what they held most precious...







As rumor has it, a treasure lies hidden in or under the village church "Sainte Madeleine" in Rennes-le-Château.  The most important question is: IS THERE REALLY A TREASURE?

And if the answer is yes: What is its nature:

Is it a worldly (i.e. gold and silver) or a Spiritual treasure (i.e. "knowledge")!

Rennes-le-Château, though a small village on a hilltop, lost in the foothills of the mighty Pyrenees, yet is now known all over the world, because of the rumor that in 1886, an immense treasure was found by its village priest Bérenger Saunière.

Now a days the village has but few inhabitants, still it possessed a much greater population in the days of the religious and Cathars wars and was then quite an important stronghold.


So, is there any truth in this treasure story or is it a hoax ? 

Throughout the years numerous authors sought to find the answer.  Many a book was written, but after reading, the reader knew as much as at the beginning: no new clues, no real solutions only just another story, often written, sitting behind a desk.

Our curiosity was aroused and we wanted to learn more, so in 1989 we started our own investigation, not knowing that this research would keep us busy till this very day...

To discover the truth we not only put on our hiking boots and searched the fields around Rennes-le-Château for hidden indications, but sitting behind our desk we did a lot of reading as well.

And, our answer, after many years of profound research is: "YES"; Rennes-le Château is very special and plays a great role in recovering a very precious treasure.

We started with only few indications: the persistent rumors about a too wealthy priest: Bérenger Saunière and his enigmatic friend and fellow priest Henri Boudet.

While Saunière was a flamboyant personality, Boudet tried to remain in the shadows as much as possible... Yet, he wrote a strange, and at first sight, unreadable book: "La Vraie Langue Celtique et Le Cromleck de Rennes-les-Bains". It was published in 1886 but it was realized only much later, that this work plays an important role in the riddle of Rennes-le-Château.

Another clue we had was:

The (de)coded text of two parchments found by Abbé Saunière in the church "La Madeleine".

Now a days, it is often said that these parchments were a falsification, but we consider them as genuine!

For those who do not know this decoded famous phrase, we give it in French, followed by its translation.



Shepherdess no temptation that Poussin and Teniers guard the key PAX DCLXXX I by the cross and this Horse of God I complete this world guardian at noon (or in the South) blue apples.


N.B. We translate the words "CE DAEMONDE" not as THIS DEMON (as is commonly done) but as "CE DAE MONDE", THIS WORLD.

In our opinion this phrase should be read as:

Shepherdess no temptation...

Poussin and Teniers guard the key...


By the Horse of God and the Cross

I complete this world

Guardian at noon (or in the South of France))

Blue Apples.


So this decoded text mentions a "KEY" given by TWO painters.

And indeed, the first key is hidden in painting "The Arcadian Shepherds", by the famous 17-th century French master Nicolas Poussin. (Also known as: "Et in Arcadia Ego...".)

Apart from indications leading to a secret Temple-Construction, we found in this painting our trump card: "The Horse of God".

The second "KEY" is furnished by the equally famous 17-th century artist David Teniers, in a painting of the torments of St. Anthony: "Pas de Tentation".

Only two keys to open the gates to a mystery, yet they hold much information to work with.


By the Horse of God :



In 1989, just by chance, we found this "Horse of God", during a hike in the region of Rennes-le-Château..! It is a weird rock formation on the steep slope of a stony hill.

From the moment we saw it, it was and still is to us: "THE" Horse of God, as mentioned in the decoded text of one of the parchments.

And as we gradually found out, this "Horse of GOD was a most important "KEY" in our solution of the mystery of Rennes-le-Château.

Yet finding this "Horse" only answered one of many questions, raised by the decoded text...

Does a treasure really exist ?

Where and how to find this treasure ?

What can we expect to find ?

Are the Knights Templars involved ?

After a profound research, we think we found the answers and as it proved not possible (at least for us) to reach the indicated point we decided to lay down our conclusions in what became in time, three books.

We conclude, that: YES, A treasure is hidden...

YES, Templars are involved. They hid what they held most precious...

This place is indicated by the clues: in the Poussin and Teniers paintings, the decorations in the church of Rennes-le-Château, the decoded texts of the parchments, the book written by Henri Boudet and last but not least in "following the Horse of God"...

We made a long and profound study of the strange Boudet book in the original French language and, so we think, at length broke his code.

According to his words, the treasures once belonged to the Knights Templars and include:

The TRUE Menorah, the Arc of the Covenant with the Ten Commandments and an Urn.

These treasures, so says Boudet, are hidden in the great Hypaethral Temple, carefully constructed by the Templars, before their downfall concocted by the French King: Philip le Bel and the leader of the Holy Catholic Church: Pope Clement V.

This great virtual Temple includes Rennes-le-Château; Rennes-les-Bains and Coustaussa.



This Hypaethral Templar's Temple was built on a much older Celtic sanctuary: the stone-circles of the "Great Cromleck of Rennes-les-Bains", as described in his weird book by Curé Henri Boudet, friend and mentor of Abbé Bérenger Saunière.

We concluded, that it was NOT Bérenger Saunière who found out about the hidden treasure, but his older colleague: Henri Boudet.

We think, Saunière was paid by Henri Boudet and instructed how to hide clues in his church "La Madeleine".

Boudet instigated the design of the bas-relief of St. Mary Magdalene under the altar; the haut-relief high up on the back-wall of the church, the Stations of the Cross number I and X.. AND the crouching Devil lurking under the holy water font at the entrance of the church.

Saunière was only a straw man, a blind, but inherited after Henri Boudet's death in 1914, his knowledge.

Thus Saunière was the last real "initiate" and after Boudet's demise the real guardian.


About the Hypaethral Temple Construction...

The remains of an ancient sanctuary were used by the Knights Templars to built a virtual Temple.

The Templars used the once Holy Stones of the Celts (i.e. stones as made by the "Hand of God", rough and unhewn), as part of the foundation of their Great Hypaethral Temple. But for new Roman Catholic faith, other stones, made by the hand of men, were used to complete it.

With these stones we mean: Catholic churches and strongholds built by the Knights of a "new Faith". Thus this imaginary Temple was built on stone as made by the hand of God and completed by adding 16 churches and 8 castles. Like the ancient fortification at Rennes-le-Château; the Templar's castle at "Le Bézu" (Albezunum) and the stronghold the "Blanchefort".

The new religion: Christianity built its Temple on an ancient Celtic Sanctuary...

At the beginning of Christianization it was not unusually that a Christian church was built on the remains of another and much older Sanctuary...

So the Templar's did with the ancient Celtic places of worship; Holy Stones still standing in the surrounding of Rennes-les-Bains, at a distance of only 4 kilometers from Rennes-le-Château.

It was wonderful to find all these things and to be able to make the invisible visible once again!

To understand the doings and the thoughts of our ancestors...


A Temple of Faith...

We found this Hypaethral Temple not only by following the allusions in Boudet's book, but also in indications in Nicolas Poussin's painting: "Et in Arcadia Ego"!

Follow the "Shepherd", as the Church used this word as a substitute for Priest and in particular the Higher Clergy, guiding their flock, the believers.

The Templars constructed their virtual Temple, to hide their treasures acquired and found during the Crusades, under the Jerusalem Temple of Solomon.

The entrance to their secret treasure vault can only be refound by using the route of the "Horse of God".

In the decoded text are the phrases:


By the Horse of God and the Cross

Now we think that the "Cross" should be linked with "PAX", resulting in a Pax-Cross (leading to a circle divided in 8 sectors of 45°).

Our problem was then, how to place this Pax-Cross on a topographical map.


Again the "Horse of God"...

As said, the "Horse of God" is a strange rock formation, known and honored in the Celtic sanctuary of Rennes-les-Bains.

It is shaped like the "Half Horse" as used in the game of Chess. In French it is the "Cavalier" the "KNIGHT".

The Knight... The Knights Templars... The Temple Knights...






The knight's (HORSE) move in chess consists of TWO distinct movements. Therefore, from the horse in our construction on the map, depart two important lines.

And what is more: On the day of the ancient "Winter Solstice" (Dec 24), when the sun shines, its shadow shaped like a perfect half horse is thrown on the fields below.


The shadow of the "Knight"...

Winter solstice: the day of the return of new life, therefore, so the Church Fathers believed, Jesus Christ was born in the night of 24 - 25 December. This date is also connected with St. John the Evangelist; the Patron Saint of the Knights Templars and later important in Freemasonry.

Those who are initiated in Freemasonry, know about what we are talking about...


The devil in a church..?

The "Horse of God" in the field is linked with the Devil in the church of Rennes-le-Château.

We mentioned the rather unusual existence of a life size "Devil" in this church and many a visitor wondered "WHY" a demon is crouching in the corner of a consecrated church while supporting a holy water font, this ensemble crowned by four Angels making the "Sign of the Cross".

This Devil hides his true face ! (As Devils always do !)

Seen from the right angle in the dim light, this ugly Devil is in fact shaped like the "half horse of chess", so we are not only tricked by the devil but also by Abbé Bérenger Saunière or better still Curé Henri Boudet.



So this devil hides "THE HORSE OF GOD", and, he was put in the proper place ! The black-and-white floor tiles at the entrance of this church, were once laid in the exact pattern of a "checkerboard" (8 by 8). But so often these tiles were removed and now a days it is difficult to see the old layout, but it was there and the "Knight-Horse" had his correct place in this game...


The Horse is hidden too, though under a different shape, in the bas-relief under the altar...

It is impossible to explain in a few words, "how" to solve the secret of Rennes-le-Château, because it is so long and complicated.

In this mystery a special code was used:

The secret language of symbolism...

Symbolic meanings used in the Catholic Faith as well as in Freemasonry !

Finding this out and breaking the code was not so strange nor so difficult as it might seem. After all the Templars were believing Christian Knights, thus they used Christian images and symbols to hide their secrets.


What also intrigued us was the fate of the Order of the Temple Knight after the holocaust !

Our research led us to believe, that the reason for their downfall lay much deeper than just in greed by King and Pope.

We also found, that some Templars, after hiding their treasure in the surroundings of Rennes-le-Château (just before their downfall), continued the Order, in secret, in England...


Officially, the Order was destroyed, yet it rose like a Phoenix from its ashes...

Although, the great might of the Temple was destroyed and the danger parried for King and Pope, yet their secret ideas lived on.



The ex-templars who reached Scotland, soon amalgamated with a powerful group around the Scottish King, Robert the Bruce.

From here would spring a new society: The "Scottish Freemasons".

Later this group, together with the Stuarts, would cross again into France.


At the end of the road in search of the truth and in discovering the long lost treasure, we not only find the priests Bérenger Saunière and Henri Boudet but their Bishop Felix Billard as well, all initiated in secrecy as Freemasons (Martinists).

We found so many other important names in this list of the initiated, like e.g.: The painters Nicolas Poussin and David Teniers; the family D'Hautpoul de Blanchefort; St. Vincent Depaul; Marquis Créqui de Blanchefort; the writer Maurice Le Blanc; Jules Verne and Jean Cocteau... 

What about the idea: The treasure is a bloodline ?

In some books a bloodline, beginning with the Merovingian Kings is the main point, but the genealogy papers on which these conclusions are based seem to be a fake: setup by a certain Pierre de Plantard and his friend Marquis de Cherisey.

The germ of this Merovingian bloodline is taken from a hidden text in the second (short) parchment also found in the church of Rennes-le-Château.


This second decoded phrase reads as:


Of Dagobert II King and of Sion is this treasure and it is (or means) death.

In contrast to other authors, we read this sentence as:

Of Dagobert...

II Kings...

And of Sion is this treasure...

And it is death (or means death).


Most writers mix parts of the texts of the "two" parchments, but, in our opinion this should not be done.

So in their explanation the name "Dagobert" found in the "short document" is connected with a section of the "long document": DCLXXXI.

The latter is seen as the indication of a year: the year 681. So they argue, this date is linked with the murdered Merovingian king: Dagobert II, killed near Stenay.


But this is not quite correct as King Dagobert was done to death in 679.

To explain the difference of two years, they reason: the year 681 should be seen as the arrival date in the Rennes-le-Château area of Sigisbert IV, son of the late Dagobert II, but we see this as a rather weak piece of deduction.

History states clearly, the son of Dagobert II, Sigisbert IV, was murdered together with his father...

However it may be, we found out that another "Dagobert" existed, but this Dagobert lived the days of the first official Crusade, around the time of the founding of the Order of the Temple.

This Dagobert was very much involved in the intrigues that surrounded the founding of the Kingdom of Jerusalem and in a way the owner of all wealth subsequently discovered.

We surmise, two Kings (II ROY) is a reference to Geoffroy of Bouillon, hero of the Crusades and the first (albeit uncrowned King of Jerusalem) and to his brother Boudouin, the first crowned King of Jerusalem.

Once the Kingdom of Jerusalem was promised to the Church and at the same time a Kingdom was lost...


In my last and final book: "Through Darkness into the Light", the story of this real Dagobert is described in detail.

To solve the Rennes-le-Château mystery, we wrote over the years three books (available on CD-ROM): "The Horse of God"; The "True Language of Rennes-le-Château" and "Through Darkness into the Light".

For more information we invite you to visit our home page :


Or contact the writer : martha.neyman@T-Online.de.

The "Horse of God" shows us the way in finding the solution on the day of the ancient winter solstice December 24.

Thank you for your attention, Martha Neyman. 

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