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.