The mysterious written stone of Saint-Geniez

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Written Stone Gallo-Roman Rock Mystery

City of Gods

Just before the place known as Chadavron is the pierre écrite (″the written stone″), from the 5th century. This stone evokes the former city of Théopolis, ″the city of Gods″! A dead town, and we don’t know its exact location.

There’s about 20 lines, written in memory of the Gaul prefect Claudius Postumus Dardanus and his wife Neva Gallia, in 410. Those two one raised the city. Dardanus was an important chap, maybe the most important man after the Roman emperor!

The Latin text says: ″Claudius Postumus Dardanus, former consul of Vienne’s province, former quaestor, former Gaul’s prefect and Naevia Galla, his wife, the mother of his children, dug a road in a place known as Théopolis, in the mountain, and raised walls and doors: this construction was made on their own estate, in order to protect all the inhabitants. Remember their zeal.″

So, Dardanus raised his little estate, a real paradise protected from the Barbarians invasions, surrounded by high walls. But Théopolis wasn’t a common Roman city...

The Théopolis’ mystery

So, where's Théopolis? We don’t know. Maybe it was on the current rock of Dromont? After all, they found a Roman stronghold next to it… or in the current village of Theous, in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, where we can find the chapel of Dromont?

The book A la découverte de la France mystérieuse says that, maybe, monks used ruins of Théopolis to raise their own churches (including the Templars).

For Roger Corréard, retired from the French Navy (he tried to discover Théopolis’ mystery), it’s a very secret place, a place where people buried a forgotten knowledge about Jesus, his wedding, his descendants and many other secrets…

Aah, and in March 1972, police’s reports and witnesses said they saw strange lights in the sky… In short, people fantasized on Théopolis! Some said we could find here Nibelungen’s treasure, UFO, Templars’ treasure, a gate between two worlds… Whoa, a real mystery!


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