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A mountain near Rennes-le-Château is becoming a focal point for unwanted 2012 hype. But the true mysteries and enigmas of Bugarach are fare more interesting, with a real-life Indiana Jones character who dug for the Ark of the Covenant!


On December 21, 2010, the English newspaper “The Daily Telegraph” drew attention to the tiny French village of Bugarach, population 200, and the saga of the end of the Mayan calendar which will occur on December 21, 2012.


The mayor of Bugarach, Jean-Pierre Delord, announced that his tiny village was becoming a refuge for “esoterics” who believed that the village played an important role in the 2012 scenario, maybe as a place of salvation, or where the apocalypse might be played out, where alien beings might intervene or even rescue those present. He and the locals were unhappy with this development, which was upsetting the villagers’ tranquillity. As France has a sad past of cults committing mass suicide, Delord felt people should hear his warning that these “esoterics” might do something similar in the near future.

Bugarach is indeed a tiny village, sitting in the shadow of the “Pic de Bugarach”, rising 1230 metres above sea-level and the highest mountain in the Corbières region – though dwarfed by the Pyrenees that rise to the south. The earliest recorded mention of the mountain was as Burgaragio in 889 AD, which is also known as Pech de Thauze. From a geological perspective, Bugarach is an oddity, an “upside down mountain”, as its tops layers are millions of years older than the lower strata. It is as if someone shot the mountain in the air, flipped it around, and then it landed again.
Today, the village that sits on its slopes is somewhat quaint – the French school system has statistics which reveal that the suicide rate amongst teachers in the village is the highest in France! – and on a rainy day, Bugarach does exude an energy that can be hard to take. However, when the sun is out, it is lovely and the castle that is almost collapsing and the multi-coloured church make it apparent that this village has existed for hundreds of years.
The mountain has always inspired the imagination of so many, including the French father of science fiction, Jules Verne. The mountain is made of limestone, which means it has several caves and galleries, which are rife with local legends and also provide the perfect backdrop to let one’s imagination veer off. And that is what has happened, on numerous occasions. If you leave the local folklore behind and go on the Internet, as “The Daily Telegraph” reported, it “abounds with tales of the late President François Mitterrand being curiously heliported onto the peak, of mysterious digs conducted by the Nazis and later Mossad, the Israeli secret services. There is talk of the area, near to the Cathar castles, holding the Holy Grail or the treasure of the Templars. A visit to Bugarach is said to have inspired Steven Spielberg in his film, Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” The locals will indeed confirm that they believe strongly that Spielberg in his search for an enigmatic mountain to host the finale of his movie considered Bugarach as a film location, but in the end opted for Devil’s Tower in Wyoming. His choice might seem quite logical, knowing that many locals report many enigmatic UFO sightings around the mountain – though few of these have been properly investigated.


The story of Bugarach and 2012 was picked up and expanded by “The New York Times” in their January 31, 2011 edition, making it a story that brought it to the attention of the world’s media.


But despite Bugarach’s recent somewhat-fame, it will no doubt always play second fiddle to the nearby village of Rennes-le-Château, which went on to inspire so many, including the likes of Dan Brown, who wrote “The Da Vinci Code”. Indeed, the man who put Rennes-le-Château on the map, Noël Corbu, lived in Bugarach when he learned of the estate of the enigmatic priest Bérenger Saunière. He sold his home in Bugarach and moved his family to the nearby village, where he began to promote the mystery of the “billion dollar priest”.
For Franck Marie, an “esoteric” writer who has lived in the region for many years, Bugarach has a “natural cave system which without a doubt was occupied by our earliest ancestors, in the Magdalene Era”. He also proposes that there was a link between the mystery of Saunière and Bugarach, seeing it as a “spiritual treasure” that was linked with “primitive Mankind” – some type of esoteric knowledge that has been passed down over time. Marie believes that the site was placed under the protection of certain initiates that kept part of the cave system secret.
Bugarach has therefore definitely deserved the distinction of being a mystery location in its own right. It had been called “the sacred mountain” – though few know why – before Saunière ever set foot in Rennes-le-Château in 1885. It not only inspired Spielberg, but also Jules Verne, who created a character “Captain Bugarach” for his “Clovis Dardentor” (1896).
Michel Lamy is the author of a book on Jules Verne, in which he explores the possibility that one of the founding fathers of science fiction was aware of certain esoteric knowledge about the mountain that he worked into his novels. Specifically, that Verne wrote about Bugarach in relationship with the existence of an underground – lost – civilisation. But even Lamy is at a loss to explain why Verne would have become so enchanted with Bugarach – unless, of course, he was fully aware of the local legends, which he merely transcribed into his novels, or maybe he was even one of those initiates and protectors of the “sacred mountain”?


But whereas there might be people who protect the enigma of Bugarach – for no-one really knows why it has been labelled a sacred mountain for centuries – there is the enigmatic story of a man who came to Bugarach to uncover its secrets, meeting his death while doing so.
Both on the internet and locally, wild variations of the story circulate. Here is the truth. Daniel Bettex was a Swiss citizen who was a security officer at Geneva airport. Bettex frequented the south of France on his holidays and was enchanted by its beauty. Eventually, he contacted the local Cathar organisation that had been founded by Déodat Roché, the mayor of nearby Arques, and which tried to research and promote Catharism, the religion destroyed by Church during the so-called Albigensian Crusade of the 13th century. In his correspondence with the organisation, he enquired about places where he could help them with research. He desired remote locations, so that he was left undisturbed. Roché thus advised him to study the sector of Bugarach, which had been little prospected by other members of his organisation, even though it was known that the Cathars were familiar with the village. To this end, Roché also recommended to Bettex that he contacted Lucienne Julien, the then secretary of the organisation, and use her as his liaison with the organisation. The latter thus maintained a close correspondence with Bettex, as he progressed in his Bugarach research.
Over the ensuing years, Bettex leafed through files while he was in Switzerland, and when he descended to the South of France during his summer vacations, he explored and dug. He also studied the old registers that existed, which had details of mining activities and which contained information on the underground network that existed in this limestone environment – and learned how much – or how little – had been explored.
Bettex also uncovered a work on the mythology of the mountain, written by a university student during the Second World War. The author had been called up for military service and his fate seems to have been unknown. The thesis referenced several legends and myths, with some of the legends going back as early as the 15th century. It was clear that Verne was not the first to invent a mythology about this mountain – that was many centuries older.
Of course, such a compendium is not an archaeological report. But the stories did show a superposition between various myths and locations around the mountain… locations that people, for generations, were linking with an entrance to a mythical underground world. Bettex wondered whether he could be the one who would locate the entrance and finally reveal its existence. Would he prove that Verne was not a science fiction writer, but had written a factual account – was there an entrance to the Centre of the Earth?


Bettex was able to find one of the entrances listed in the account, but found it was blocked. He re-opened it, to find that it led to a peaceful underground river, which was deep, but possible to navigate. He also found that there was a type of quay or landing, in an L-shape, which suggested that this was not the result of a geological event, but was manmade – purposefully built. But by whom, when and for what? Those were questions he could not answer.
He had taken photographs of this and other voyages in the belly of the mountain, as he explored its known and less known and sometimes even forgotten caves. He showed them to Julien, who reported that there were several stone structures inside the underground cave system, proving they were once inhabited. But it proved little else.
Bettex had also entered the local derelict castle. He spent a great amount of time in the basement of the castle, work he carried out with the full knowledge and participation of the owner and the relevant authorities, even though in those days, there was far less paperwork to cope with. There, he found several stones with graffiti, some of which was clearly in the shape of a container and a stretcher, a scene suggestive of the Ark of the Covenant being carried on a stretcher. Could the graffiti mean that the mountain was the resting place of the Ark?
A rumour circulates all the quicker if it is known as a secret. Thus, one statement went that Bettex was searching for the Ark of the Covenant, that he had now located it, as evidenced by his photographs and the graffiti: it was under Bugarach! A related rumour ran that General Moshe Dayan, the head of the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, had become personally interested in Bettex’s research. With such notorious Israel officials now apparently interested in him, Bettex’s local profile went up with several points… and the rumour of the Ark of the Covenant underneath Bugarach became more and better known. One rumour had it that Moshe Dayan contacted Bettex personally, warning him, advising him, to stop everything if he discovered the artefact and especially not to touch anything. Bettex must surely have been familiar with his Bible, which clearly spells out the dangers of touching the Ark.

Daniel Bettex took a long time to decide where precisely he would carry out his major excavation. Once he had done so, he made sure that he could work in all solitude, undisturbed by tourists or locals who became more and more interested in him. But throughout, he kept Lucienne Julien informed of his progress; she meticulously retained all correspondence.
This private correspondence makes it clear that he was looking for an old cavity, whose entrance had become lost and which was located in the side of the mountain. After his death, rumours had it that his investigations had involved a filled-in mine, whereas others spoke of a low cave. In truth, no-one knows for sure – or where precisely it is located. Some even believe there was a secondary access to this system from inside the basement of the castle! He did indicate to Julien that he thought that there was a connection between the inexplicable graffiti, the remains of a hearth inside the castle and the entrance of a mining installation whose collapse had been intentional – but the mine seemed to have been outside of the village.


In 1988, everything accelerated. He told Julien that it would take him a few more months of work, but that his research had also made it clear that it would lead to a fabulous deposit, exceeding anything that she or anyone could imagine… it would be an amazing revelation. Bettex was normally calm and methodical, true to the Swiss stereotype, but now he was excited if not manic. He next visited Julien, to tell her that he was almost at the end of his research. At most, four or five days separated him from reaching his final goal. He told her that within the week he would be back, carrying with him part of the treasure. “You will be immensely rich!” But instead, three days later, Julien learned that Bettex had been found dead in Bugarach.
There were – as could be expected – various versions of his death and its cause. For some, a cave had collapsed, causing severe injuries and ultimately his death. Others believed that he had left Switzerland with serious cardiovascular problems, which resulted in his death once he laboured in the South of France. Other rumours had it that he was stricken on the spot – instantaneous death by whatever. Some even said that his body had inexplicably dehydrated, either as the cause of death, or afterwards. Others argue he was able to walk to one of the gardens of the first houses of Bugarach, where he collapsed, apparently the victim of a violent heart attack. So many things have been and are being said about the death of Bettex, but we only truly know that he died, in mysterious circumstances, according to his own testimony very close to finding his lifetime’s ambition. If he did find something, he took the secret with him.

Bettex’s death definitely triggered a reaction from the authorities. Lucienne Julien planned, several months after Bettex’s death, to continue his work on site, using members of her Cathar research organisation. She informed the Ministry of Culture of her intentions, as Bettex before had informed them of his. She had to resend her application several times, before she received a reply, which stated that it was out of the question that such research was to be carried out. She would afterwards learn that rubble and concrete had been cast inside the basement of the castle, in order to block any possible cavity forever. Another location in the village was subjected to a similar fate. But as the cement settled, the question rose whether Bettex only found death, or something else in Bugarach. Could an accidental death have such repercussions that the authorities decided to concrete the place over? France has never been the Mecca of health and safety regulations, and the circumstances of Bettex’s death were nebulous enough not to imply that the precarious state of the castle had caused his death.
More than two decades on, little about Bettex’s death and his quest is known. He has become one in a long line of seekers who went in search of, but did not find the answer as to whether there is a real reason why Bugarach is called the “sacred mountain”. What we do know, is that as 2012 approaches, another layer of mystery is piled on top of this Magic Mountain. Maybe this renewed attention, will finally bring about sufficient interest and insight into its past…



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Le site internet de Bugarach :



Mon pari de 2012 :



En attendant, le jour J tant redouté, un arrêté municipal interdit l'accès au pic de Bugarach pendant tout le mois de décembre.

Un dispositif de sécurisation a été mis en place par la Préfecture de l'Aude :


[Note du Curateur] A Burarach, quand la Municipalité a un but, on imagine toujours l'équipe Delord en blanc !

Bizarre non ?


Par contre, comme l'avenir y est assuré, il est normal que l'on y investisse dans la pierre.

D'ailleurs, qu'en pensent là-bas tous les Gens ? : "Pierre, de l'or !"

Et ce n'est pas Monsieur* le Maire qui nous contredira.


* Jean-Pierre Delord



Finalement, le Monde entier en a été le témoin, le village de Bugarach a bien survécu à l'Apocalypse... médiatique.

Il n'a perdu que sa carte d'identité http://sco.lt/8RM0dV

, je propose donc qu'on le rebaptise en "BuzzGarage".



Jacques Le Bris's insight:

Je décerne le titre de Buzzmeister à Monsieur le Maire qui a fait connaître son village au Monde entier suite à cet article http://sco.lt/7NYd1t



On trouve depuis toute une série d'articles sur le sujet :




Il a aussi mis en évidence comment la presse internationale réussit à créer un buzz à propos de tout et surtout de rien.

L'état de l'art du journalisme est donc devenu : Faire monter la mayonnaise sans biscuit.

Le verbe "bougaracher" est un néologisme qui veut dire : faire un buzz à propos d'un non évènement.

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Le Bugarach ou la «montagne aux sorcières»

Le Bugarach ou la «montagne aux sorcières» | Bugarach | Scoop.it
Le Bugarach ou la «montagne aux sorcières»

L'ascension du pic de Bugarach, point culminant des Corbières, est spectaculaire, et le panorama sublime par temps clair. Il vaut un sommet de haute montagne, à seulement 1 230 mètres d'altitude.

Surnommé “la montagne aux sorcières” pour ses rocs décharnés aux formes fantastiques, le Pech de Bugarach accapare le regard. Il est le coup-de-poing minéral qui témoigne de la puissance du plissement pyrénéen. Cette montagne à l'envers a vu les calcaires du jurassique basculer par-dessus les grés du crétacé. Par son magnétisme, le Bugarach entretient encore aujourd'hui tout un légendaire et une attirance pour les ésotéristes.

La «voie de la fenêtre»

Du virage de la D 14 au sud-est du village du Bugarach, une piste part tout droit (470 m). Un panneau indique : “chemin des Mathieux, cascades à 3 km”. Ce large chemin interdit à la circulation automobile longe une digue. À l'intersection, continuer tout droit, en suivant le balisage jaune, le long de l'étendue d'eau. Passage d'un gué (15 min). Le chemin, boueux, s'élève peu à peu et se poursuit vers le sud-est, à flanc droit, avec le ruisseau de la Blanque à gauche. Sur un replat ombragé, une sente descend le long d'une rambarde en bois vers les cascades. Attention à bien se tenir. La deuxième cascade des Mathieux se jette dans une vasque (45 min). Deux minutes plus tard, on revient au niveau du chemin, qui bifurque à gauche, pour traverser de nouveau la Blanque à gué (570 m). On traverse et referme la barrière pour gravir une pente qui rejoint la D 45 (605 m, 1 h). Traverser la route, vers la gauche, un sentier fermé par une barrière métallique, balisé en jaune, s'élève dans les buis. Le chemin bifurque à droite, prend pied sur le replat d'une pelouse. On rejoint l'intersection du sentier équestre, puis celui de la fenêtre (650 m, 1 h 15). Un panneau indique “Voie de la fenêtre” à gauche, vers le nord-est, anciennement balisé rouge et blanc. La sente devient plus raide, sous les frondaisons, puis à découvert tout droit, dès les premiers contreforts du pech. Après un large virage à droite, puis à gauche, au ressaut, passage dans un petit pierrier.

On parvient au pied de la cheminée des falaises (1 025 m, 2 h 15). Il faut s'aider un peu des mains, mais c'est sans danger. On progresse dans ce goulet pour parvenir à une première vire, puis une deuxième à 1 115 mètres. Pitons et surplomb à gauche, cheminées à droite. Là, on découvre un trou dans la paroi calcaire : c'est “la fenêtre”. On la contourne par la gauche (2 h 30). Il suffit de suivre le sentier marqué dans la pierre, le long de la crête, pour arriver au sommet du Bugarach (1 230 m, 2 h 45).

Panorama sublime

Un panorama sublime jusqu'à la mer, sur la crête du navire de Peyrepertuse, la Serre de Vingrau, au nord jusqu'à Carcassonne et le pic de Nore, mais aussi au sud sur la chaîne des pics ariégeois et le Canigou. La redescente continue à droite, vers le nord, le long du sentier de crête. Sur un replat herbeux, il bifurque plein ouest dans un sous-bois de buis, puis parvient à droite d'un éperon calcaire à 1 060 mètres, laissant à gauche la Pique Grosse. Du petit col, grosse descente en lacets dans le bois de buis. Après avoir contourné un pré, on rejoint une piste qui parvient au col de Linas, près de la D 14 (667 m, 4 h).

Si vous n'avez pas laissé de 2e voiture à cet endroit, il faut traverser la route pour rejoindre en face le GR de pays, qui part à l'ouest, à gauche, pour descendre vers Bugarach (5 h).


Localisation : Bugarach, Corbières, Aude. Durée : 4 h avec deux voitures, ou 5 h A/R. Difficulté : 2 chaussures.

Dénivelé : 750 m. Balisage : jaune. Cartographie : Quillan, Alet-les-Bains, N° 2347 OT (IGN, 1 : 25 000).

Accès : depuis Toulouse, prendre l'A 61 jusqu'à Bram. Prendre ensuite la direction de Limoux par la D 623. À Limoux, tourner sur la D 118 direction vers Couiza. Au carrefour d'entrée, prendre à gauche vers Arques par la D 613, puis avant Serres, à droite, par la D 14 jusqu'à Bugarach. Si vous êtes venus à deux voiture, garez-en une au col de Linas sur la route de Camps-sur-Agly. Puis garez l'autre, le plus près de la maison de la nature et de la randonnée.

Texte et photos :Patrice Teisseire-Dufour.

Carte : Hélène Fuggetta .

La Dépêche du Midi

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    • "Symphony No. 38 in D Major, K. 503 "Prager": III. Finale: Presto" de Philharmonia Orchestra & Herbert von Karajan (iTunes)
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Visitors dress as aliens to lift the spirit on day of Mayan prophecy

Ajoutée le 31 juil. 2015

AP Television
Bugarach France, 21 December 2012
1. Mid of men dressed in "alien" costumes, made of tin foil, speaking to people in village
2. Close-up of "alien antennas" being worn by man
3. Pan across from media to "aliens"
4. Close-up of men in costume
5. Mid of men in costumes holding bottles of beer
6. SOUNDBITE: (French) Man in "alien" costume, name not given:
"We are here to amuse you, the media needs to film something. You have been here for four days now, so we thought we would give you a reason to be here."
7. Mid of people sat on steps of building with bags
8. Wide of people talking in street
9. Tracking shot of villager taking plastic funnel off his head
10. SOUNDBITE: (French) Claude Fosse, visitor from Perpignan:
"This is a media circus, it's all being done for the village to be known, the bet has been won, because Bugarach is now famous on national, European and global levels. Bugarach is now known world wide.Yes" (laughs)
11. Tracking shot of police officer pulling over vehicle at village checkpoint
12. Wide of entrance to Bugarach, village sign 
13. Mid of police helicopter flying over Pic de Bugarach mountain
"Aliens" turned up on Friday (21DEC 2012) in a French village, rumoured to be the sole place on earth to avoid destruction during Friday's feared apocalypse.
The two men, dressed in tin foil and wearing fake antennas, entertained villagers and a pack of media that had assembled in Bugarach for the end of a 5,125-year Mayan calendar - which some thought may spell the end of time. 
A giant UFO and aliens are said to be waiting under the Pic de Bugarach mountain, ready to burst through and spirit those nearby to safety.
The heavy presence of media disrupted the everyday lives of some locals, but for others, it represented a chance to joke about the supposedly pending doomsday and the legends that surround the mountain peak rising steeply above the village.
"We are here to amuse you, the media needs to film something. You have been here for four days now, so we thought we would give you a reason to be here," one of the men dressed in an "alien" costume told the assembled journalists. 
Bugarach, in the French Pyrenees, had been braced for the arrival of hundreds of New Age enthusiasts.
But there was bad news for those seeking salvation: French gendarmes, some on horseback, blocked outsiders from reaching the peak and its village of some 200 people.
"This is a media circus, it's all being done for the village to be known, the bet has been won, because Bugarach is now famous on national, european and global levels," said Claude Fosse, a visitor from Perpignan.
As the sun rose from time zone to time zone across the world on Friday, there was still no sign of the world's end - but that did not stop those some people gathering at some of the globe's purported survival hot spots.
Many of the esoterically inclined expected a new age of consciousness - others wanted a party.

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A Mystic Hike up to the Peak of the Pech de Bugarach - My Sweet French Country Home

A Mystic Hike up to the Peak of the Pech de Bugarach - My Sweet French Country Home | Bugarach | Scoop.it

Very close to my holiday home, just a quick drive through the Gorges de Galamus away, the highest peak of the Corbières offers unforgettable hiking experiences even to those who have only little experience with hiking the mountain: the Pech (or Pic) de Bugarach. The most difficult ascent start at the D 45 from D45 von Caudiès-de-Fenouillèdes to Bugarach, easier walks to the 1,230 m high peak start off the D14 linking Bugarach to the Gorges de Galamus. The best time to start your walk are mornings.

When walking at a relaxed pace, consider three hours for walking up, and two for returning. As you are crossing pastures, please be cautious when opening and closing the electric fences – in southern France, you will always find rubber handles to easily open the gates.

The path is well marked; steady boots are better to walk on the gravel path than sneakers or sport shoes. Take plenty of water along… and don’t forget a little „goûter„, a little picknick, and celebrate your peak climb with typical specialities from the region! Soak up the sun, enjoy the view of the snow-capped Pyrenees peaks, and take a deep breath – the fresh and clean mountain air is flavoured iwth  thyme, rosemary, and other herbs.

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Lever de soleil du solstice d'été 2015 à Bugarach

Lever de soleil du solstice d'été 2015 à Bugarach | Bugarach | Scoop.it

Greeting the solstice sunrise from the Bugarach peak, a yearly pilgrimage of sleeping on the mountain

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▶ L'énigme Bugarach FR 2012

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Film de William Duchene,Antoine Espagne,et Dominique Filhol. Planet + No Limit et CNC. Mercury Films

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The Myth and Magic of Pic de Bugarach

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This past weekend, Yvette Monahan published a book of photographs about a rural area in south-central France between the Mediterranean Sea and the Pyrenees mountains. At the region’s center is a mountain called Bugarach. Monahan spent a year taking pictures of the mountain and its surroundings, which have a rich mythical history. I was enchanted by the photos in her book, ‘‘The Time of Dreaming the World Awake,’’ when I saw them recently, so I reached out to her and got her to tell me what sparked her interest in this French spot:

I was visiting a friend in the area in 2010 when I first heard the story about the mountain Bugarach. A few months later, back in Ireland, I found myself retelling the stories repeatedly. Bugarach and the surrounding area are shrouded in mystery and myth, and seem to have drawn people toward it for centuries.

The mountain itself is a geological anomaly, since its top layers are millions of years older than its bottom ones, making it an ‘‘upside down mountain.’’ I’ve heard that due to this strange geology, its magnetism is inverted.

The mystery of Rennes-le-Château, a village on one side of the mountain, is quite a tourist attraction and receives thousands of visitors every year. The Treasure of the Templars, the Holy Grail some call it, is said to be housed in one of the Cathar castles that dominate the landscape, usually perched on spectacular rocky outcrops. Regarded as heretics by the Catholic Church, the Cathars were wiped out by the Albigensian Crusade led by Pope Innocent III. When a general asked how to distinguish between Cathar and Catholic, the response was ‘‘kill them all, God will know.’’

Nostradamus and Jules Verne were local to the area. Verne alluded to the mountain in much of his literature, Captain Bugarach was the hero in ‘‘Clovis Dardentor.’’ Bugarach is said to be where Verne found both the inspiration and the entrance for ‘‘Journey to the Center of the Earth.” His books are said to be written in code to protect the mystery of Rennes-le-Château. Verne burned all of his papers at the end of his life to protect these secrets. There were also many tales of President François Mitterrand’s being helicoptered onto the peak, of mysterious digs conducted by the Nazis and later the Mossad, the Israeli secret services. Finally, Bugarach is also thought to be the inspiration behind ‘‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind,’’ as Spielberg spent time around the mountain.

It is a tiny area in rural France, which adds to the mystery of why it is so rich in such significant histories, stories and myths.

Jacques Le Bris's insight:

An exhibition of Monahan’s photographs will be on view at The Copper House Gallery in Dublin through July 20.

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Opération de sensibilisation à la chaleur pour les randonneurs à Bugarach

Opération de sensibilisation à la chaleur pour les randonneurs à Bugarach | Bugarach | Scoop.it

Les températures estivales rendent les balades en montagne agréables, mais aussi plus dangereuses. Pour éviter tout risque, des opérations de sensibilisation sont mises en œuvre à Bugarach dans l’Aude.


Randonner dans les montagnes en pleine chaleur présente des risques. Pour éviter les problèmes, les services de l’Etat et les professionnels de la discipline organisent des opérations de sensibilisation à Bugarach, dans l’Aude.

L'année dernière les secours sont sortis 35 fois dans l'Aude pour venir en aide à des randonneurs. Ils engagent souvent de lourds moyens qui coûtent chers à la collectivité.

Reportage de Delphine Aldebert et Guy Spica.

Bugarach (11) : sensiblisation des randonneurs à la chaleur
Bugarach (11) : sensiblisation des randonneurs à la chaleur

Aldebert D./Spica G.

Acquérir les bons réflexes est donc une nécessité. Porter des chaussures adaptées, partir tôt le matin pour éviter les heures les plus chaudes : ces comportements qui relèvent du bon sens sont parfois oubliés par les promeneurs.

En cas de doute sur les bonnes pratiques, l'idéal reste encore de partir encadré par des professionnels qualifiés.

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Bugarach - The Mysterious Mountain -

Ajoutée le 31 oct. 2015

This is just a fun video of me at Bugarach in September of 2015 when I caught a few strange objects zipping by in the sky! Bugarach is famous for those!! A very mysterious mountain indeed!! One of a kind!!

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Heavy security in doomsday hot spot as believers fear end of world is nigh

Ajoutée le 31 juil. 2015

1. Wide of Bugarach sign with mountain peak, Pic de Bugarach, in background 
2. Close-up of Bugarach sign
3. Tilt up from sign: (French) "Road closed" to police manning check point
4. Various of police checking cars 
5. Wide of centre of Bugarach village
6. Close up of a UFO model hanging from a window, a Santa toy is draped over the top 
7. Various of posters depicting UFO's on the door of a local home
8. Wide of child cycling through village
9. SOUNDBITE (French) Jean Michele Pous, Bugarach resident: 
"For many years Bugarach has been researched and that annoyed people a bit but nothing like this. But now for the last three to four days, with roads being closed, it is affecting the residents of Bugarach, the people here are angry with what's going on, and they have nothing to do with the date of 21st of December and the doomsday rumour."
10. Various of mounted police 
11. Various of international journalists at the village
12. Wide of press conference
13. SOUNDBITE (French) �ric Freysselinard, Head of local government: 
"The security force that we deployed and was shown in the media, in one part stopped new age enthusiasts, but also the curious people to come in the area. But you know with all the media presence here and all the security force in the region, the area is not safe to visit."
8. Mid of Bugarach residents jokingly wearing large plastic funnels on their heads
9. SOUNDBITE (French) Eric, Surname not given, local resident:
"I really believe that all of this is a big joke, but we do believe in it just a little bit, just enough to make fun of it. "
10. Mid of locals with funnels on heads waving to passing cars
Authorities are expecting several hundred people, mainly UFO enthusiasts and curious onlookers, to pour into the French village of Bugarach on Friday, Dec. 21, when some people predict civilisation as we know it will end.
The sleepy town nestled in the quiet region of the French Pyrenees mountains is rumoured to be the sole place on earth that will escape the destruction.
A giant UFO and an alien crew are said to be waiting under the mountain, ready to burst through and spirit those nearby to safety. 
French authorities have established several checkpoints outside the village, barring potential doomsday fanatics from accessing the Pic de Bugarach mountain pea. 
The approach to the peak is being guarded by French gendarmes.
"With all the media presence here and all the security force in the region, the area is not safe to visit," said local government head �ric Freysselinard.
Local residents also appear to be losing their patience.
"For the last three to four days, with roads being closed, it is affecting the residents of Bugarach, the people here are angry with what's going on, and they have nothing to do with the date of 21st of December and the doomsday rumour," Jean Michele Pous, a local resident said.
But some who are making the most of the situation, preferring to see the humour in the situation.
"We do believe in it just a little bit, just enough to make fun of it," a local resident named Eric said as he and friends donned white plastic funnel hats and waved at passers-by.
The Mayan calender marks the end of a 5,126-year-old cycle around Dec. 21, 2012, which brings the return of Bolon Yokte, a Mayan god associated with war and creation, according to the Mayan's stone tablet Monument Six.
The description was cited by many people as the evidence for the theory of "the end of the world." The Hollywood disaster blockbuster "2012" then added fuel to the fire, making the saying popular across the world.

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Invasion of the Bugarach mountain

Invasion of the Bugarach mountain | Bugarach | Scoop.it

MYSTERIOUS PLACES - Recently, the small French village of Bugarach in the Pyrenees is receiving more visitors than ever before. So many people are visiting that there are fears of an invasion. And now there have been rumors that the Bugarach mountain is a place that offers survival – so people are flocking there.

The Bugarach mountain, or Pech de Thauze, can be seen from the village or from any other location in the area. It seems an unlikely place to survive an Apocalypse. It is not very high by world standards: 1,230 metres, whereas for example Mount Ararat, the legendary landing place of Noah’s Ark, is 5,137 metres high. It looks like an ordinary rock. However, the rumors suggest that the mountain contains a door into another world or that it houses an underground space station and extra-terrestrials will soon return. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire? 

The Bugarach mountain is a dormant volcano. Internal fires cause hot springs that feed a river flowing down to Rennes-les-Bains. The geology is unusual: the top layer of the mountain is part of the Iberian plate, which is older than the layer below. It is relatively easy to climb. There is actually a ‘gate’ in the mountain, but this is simply a hole in a cliff, that offers a nice view and a photo opportunity for tourists. The mountain top is flat, theoretically suitable for an aircraft landing.

Like more places in the Pyrenees, the Bugarach mountain is surrounded by legends and “unnatural” stories. People who have climbed it, report hearing strange sounds and seeing lights, UFO’s and white figures staring at them. Looking at the bigger picture, believers see the mountain as a gateway to the Corbière mountain range and beyond. The story goes that there is a huge lake underneath the mountain, on which space-ships float. Even the forgotten continent of Lemuria is mentioned. Jules Verne visited the place more than once. It is said that his experiences in the region inspired him to write Journey to the Centre of the Earth and other books. 

Around the world there are similar stories about mysterious mountains. Could it be that such stories are more ‘normal’ than we can imagine, that our ancient ancestors may have witnessed stargates and spaceships in action all over planet Earth? Unfortunately, we have to live with legends and individual accounts and have no other proof – yet.

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Will the World End This Week?

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Sun rise in Bugarach, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France.

Will the world end this week? Possibly. Not positive, but pretty sure. The constellation of cosmic and everyday events seems right. “Weekend of fear in Greece as Monday brings salvation . . . or ruin,” reads one headline. Others follow: “Grexit ‘beginning of the end for Eurozone,’” “‘Last days of Pompeii’ as crunch time approaches.”

“Financial historians may look back at the events of next week and wonder how Europe’s financial unravelling was permitted,” writes Lawrence Summers, Bill Clinton’s Secretary of the Treasury and later president of Harvard.

I’ve been watching this for twenty years now and have come to this moment. Things break, money crashes and as economies shrink just an inch poverty and mayhem advances. Wars ensue. All at once that which you always assumed to be true no longer appears to be, and it becomes increasingly apparent that our basic assumptions were false all along.

‘Twas ever thus at the end of the world.


I’ve come to the conclusion long ago that the fire this time would not be external like the last time which brought the destruction of Europe from 1914 to 1946. This time it will be internal; for Europe, for the West, for America.

And it could last a good long time. Because this time, for those with the mystic bent, the end of the world occurs right here at the millennium; the end of the century, the end of the thousand-year arc, the end of the two-thousand year zodiac cycle known as Pisces, which gave the world the Christ and Mohammed, symbolized by two contrarian fish swimming in a circle.

The signs are plentiful today; the fall of the Twin Towers marking the first year of the millennium, the rise of Israel, the widespread, global anti-Semitism. Again. More likely the age will rise this time in Jerusalem as the millennial sun cycle awakened the last time in Bethlehem. That, say Europe’s old gnostic poets and Israel’s bearded prophets is what they do. Possibly that is why turmoil arises today on Temple Mount, the jewel heart at the very end of the long historic journey known to Jews as “the return.”

Signs in heaven, signs following. And perhaps this statement spoken not long ago by Moshe Feiglin, Israeli folk figure, Jewish advocate and former Knesset member is relevant: “The exile is over.” For when the Jews return to Israel, it has long been claimed by said poets and prophets, the millennium awakens.

There are symptoms here as well. Americans have lost faith in the Presidency, in Congress and the Courts corrupted each by populism, money and partisanship. American power today instead begins to advance contention between governors and big city mayors; classic contentions – urban against rural, North v. South, New York v. Texas, the formidable New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, increasingly linking the big cities to Washington direct, likely to find increased contention with the formidable Texas Governor Greg Abbott and his new posse of heartland governors increasingly repudiating Washington’s influence via the Tenth Amendment and other means.

“The Hill” reports that state legislators around the country have introduced more than 200 bills aiming to nullify regulations and laws coming out of Washington, D.C., as they look to rein in the federal government.

Our own Wise Old Man from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, fairly counsels, “I think rural America needs to understand what urban America feels. Urban America needs to understand the culture of rural America.” But he is alone in this. Otherwise, each here to the other declares, “J’accuse. . . !” One of these two, de Blasio or Abbott, may rise to dominance – perhaps conquest is the correct word – in the lifetime of Millennials.

Just one vicious, savage nudge now and everything could fall apart, as it did when Gavrilo Princip killed the Grand Duke. Like when a lone gunman terrorizes a historic African-American church killing nine in prayer in a pure act of political terror. If it suggests anything, it suggests a feral, unsettled and dangerous disquiet which haunts the very roots of our uncommon American condition every day.

Suddenly, the expansive, globalist model of American capital is passe. The world beyond our borders is beyond our reach.

But the fall said to occur next week is because the Greeks are fighting with the Germans and will soon leave or be thrown out of the Eurozone, which threatens to unravel the world like a cat toying with a ball of yarn. Thus the dire predictions; poverty, anarchy, decay and squalor. But what I find more interesting is this perceptive thought from Tim Worstall, a contributor to Forbes who has ideas on economics, finance and public policy. He wrote in Forbes in March:

“As I’ve been saying for some time now the biggest threat to the continuance of the euro is not that Greece might leave, but that it might leave and then thrive. At which point people in Italy will indeed be asking, well, why do we have to suffer all this pain when we could just bring back the lira? And it is Italy that is really suffering most from the euro of those two countries mentioned, Italy and Spain.”

Which is to say that the world may not be dying after all. It may be about to be born again.

Suddenly, the expansive, globalist model of American capital is passe. The world beyond our borders is beyond our reach. “Europe” as Bismarck claimed, is an illusion. Small is beautiful. Secession is acceptable and nullification is rampant.

The “second great political trend of the age: devolution” forecasts the world ahead according to a recent report to the CIA. Scotland, Venice, Catalonia, Texas, Vermont, northern California and even Wisconsin have all shown symptoms.

“Devolution is even happening in China,” writes Parag Khanna in a New York Times article, “The End of the Nation State.” “Cities have been given a long leash to develop innovative economic models, and Beijing depends on their growth. One of the most popular adages among China watchers today is: ‘The hills are high, and the emperor is far away.’”

In Greece it may be said as of Monday, we are seeing the future. And maybe this time it will work.

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Balade en moto 66 Bugarach mai 2015

Sortie balade en moto 66 à bugarach avec le sudiste Wolfy! Mais quelques péripéties de parcours.
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A Tainted Ideal: Carnet de Voyage : Bugarach

A Tainted Ideal: Carnet de Voyage : Bugarach | Bugarach | Scoop.it

Il y a quelque jours, un ami m'a appelé pour proposer que la Bête à Poils, Hatchi, et moi l'accompagnions en randonnée. L'ami avait en tête l'idée de grimper jusqu'au sommet du Pech de Bugarach.
Bugarach est devenu très connu car quand il y a eu la folie de fin du monde en 2012, la montagne était censée être le seul endroit à y survivre. Enfin, c'est ce que disaient beaucoup de croyances New Age.

Donc, le jour J, mon ami est venu nous chercher le matin et c'est parti pour environs 2h30 de route. Nous sommes arrivés au pied de la montagne vers midi et avons pique niqué sur place.
Ensuite, nous avons démarré la grimpette.

Panneau à l'aire de pique nique, cherches les fautes !

Panorama du haut de la montagne

Je ne sais pas trop comment raconter une randonnée. Enfin, j'en ai surtout retenu qu'on  a marché, Hatchi m'a beaucoup aidé à marcher plus vite et dans les endroits techniques de la descente, eu chaud et soif,  vu des paysages sublimes et qu'on est rentrés épuisés.
La Bête à Poils et moi pensons du coup à nous équiper un peu mieux pour partir plus souvent en randonnée avec Hatchi.

Mon ami, Hatchi et moi en haut de la montagne

Je te laisse sur quelques photos des paysages.

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Mayan apocalypse: Bugarach prepares for the end - in pictures

Mayan apocalypse: Bugarach prepares for the end - in pictures | Bugarach | Scoop.it
Bugarach, a small village on the French side of the Pyrenees, has become a centre of attention because some believe it is the only spot on Earth expected to survive a coming global apocalypse on 21 December
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Capitale de tous les mystères, Rennes-le-Château accueille des spécialistes sur les OVNIS

Capitale de tous les mystères, Rennes-le-Château accueille des spécialistes sur les OVNIS | Bugarach | Scoop.it

Des soucoupes volantes tout près du Bugarach, c'est le 6 septembre à Rennes-le-Château.

Échappant aux canons de l'approche scientifique classique, la discipline (parascience) qui étudie les OVNIS (Objets Volants Non Identifiés) ou UFO en anglais se nomme l'ufologie. Souvent pollué par des analyses fantaisistes, voire par des supercheries grossières, le désir des organisateurs de la 2e journée de l'Ufologie du Razès, qui se tiendra à Rennes-le-Château, le samedi 6 septembre prochain, sera de montrer qu'il s'agit au contraire d'un sujet sérieux méritant des études sérieuses.

L'illustration de notre sujet en carte postale est une photo de Jean-Louis Socquet Juglard, qui avait été éditée à l'occasion du 21 décembre 2012. Rennes-le-Château, capitale de tous les mystères, rebondit sur ce coup médiatique autour du Bugarach pour poursuivre l'événement.

  • Un programme fourni

De nombreux auteurs avaient accompagné l'année passée la première édition (Gildas Bourdais n spécialiste français de l'affaire de Roswell). Cette année, de 9 h 30 à 19 h, Yves Lignon (Université de Toulouse le Mirail), Jean-Luc Rivera (directeur de la Gazette Fortéenne), Didier Gomez (directeur d'Ufomania) et les chercheurs Thibault Canuti (auteur d'ouvrages sur le sujet) et James (scientifique) aborderont le sujet sous divers angles. Les grands cas inexpliqués seront évoqués, tout comme le cas de la surveillance particulière des centrales nucléaires ou des exo planètes (la vie dans l'Univers)…

Le nombre de places étant limité, les inscriptions (20 ) s'effectuent auprès de ods@oeildusphinx.com ou auprès de Philippe Marlin au 06 11 72 38 06. Il est possible de prolonger la journée avec les intervenants au jardin de Marie (dîner 25 tout compris), préférer la réservation.

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The Time of Dreaming the World Awake - A photographic exhibition by Yvette Monahan - 5 - 20 July 2014

The Time of Dreaming the World Awake - A photographic exhibition by Yvette Monahan - 5 - 20 July 2014 | Bugarach | Scoop.it

The Copper House Gallery will launch The Time of Dreaming the World Awake, a photographic exhibition, by PhotoIreland Festival Portfolio Award winner Yvette Monahan from 7-10pm, Saturday 5th July 2014. Yvette Monahan was selected by an international jury of 21 professionals as the winner of the Portfolio Award at PhotoIreland Festival 2013. The Time of Dreaming the World Awake will run as part of PhotoIreland Festival 2014.


Based on a small region in Southern France, The Time of Dreaming the World Awake is a portrait of a place, a landscape of possibility. The show is inspired by the mythical Bugarach mountain and it's connection to a Mayan prophecy which indicated that the world as we know it, would end on 21st December 2012. The prophecy claimed that this date would mark the beginning of a new era for humanity, Bugarach being the first bastion of this modern Arcadia.


Drawn to the esoteric legends surrounding Bugarach, over the course of 2012 Yvette Monahan was compelled to capture an allegorical landscape full of portents that exist beyond the sphere of visual reality. In order to access the intangible within the landscape, Monahan photographed people and places intuitively; her camera a method of visual enquiry translating the existential nature of this place. While the Mayan prophecy passed without event,  the possibility of an idyll may yet exist in the realm of our imagination.


Yvette Monahan is a Dublin based photographer whose work is inspired by myths and landscape.  The Time of Dreaming the World Awake won the Portfolio Award at PhotoIreland Festival 2013.  This body of work was also chosen to represent the Belfast Photo Festival at the 2014 Circulations Festival in Paris. The dummy book of The Time of Dreaming the World Awake was nominated in January 2014 for MACK publishing’s First Book Award by Christiane Monarchi of Photomonitor. Yvette completed an MFA at the University of Ulster in 2013 under Paul Seawright and Donovan Wylie. Yvette also works as one half of seanandyvette photography with her husband Sean Breithaupt. They both work independently but come together for commissions.


PhotoIreland is an organisation dedicated to promote critical thinking around photography and a deeper engagement with the visual arts. Now in it's fifth year, PhotoIreland celebrates a festival every July, promoting by way of a proposed theme, works from national and international artists. The theme to this year's festival being: Truths, Facts, Fictions, Lies. 


The Time of Dreaming the World Awake, a photographic exhibition, by PhotoIreland Festival Portfolio Award winner Yvette Monahan, runs at The Copper House Gallery from 5th July until the 20th July  2014. Admission is free and all are welcome.

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▶ Bugarach : la fin d'un mythe

▶ Bugarach : la fin d'un mythe | Bugarach | Scoop.it
Où sont les illuminés venus échapper à la fin du monde ? Où sont les riches américains venus racheter tout le village ?
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