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Rennes-le-Château, France

This small hillside village in the South of France is rife with conspiracy theories, most notably that the Holy Grail is hidden here. In the 1800s, priest Bérenger Saunière made lavish renovations to the local Church of Saint Mary Magdalene, and many questioned his source of funding, believing that he didn’t fund the renovations by simply selling masses and donations. It was rumored that Saunière unearthed documents in the church’s altar. Legend claims that these coded documents led him to hidden treasure, which he used to finance the renovations. Saunière was also the inspiration for the character in Dan Brown’s best seller The Da Vinci Code.

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