Girona has always been a city of secrets, secrets that are now discovered to extend into the surrounding province. A custodial society, existing for centuries, has held the legacy of this hidden knowledge, which includes the ritual journey between Girona and Rennes-le-Château, locations known as the ‘Key’ and the ‘Lock’. This journey activates a central point – a portal on the peak of Mount Canigou in the Pyrenees.
In the 1970s Girona’s Jewish past was uncovered. An unknown courtyard, surrounded by 24 houses in the old quarter, was the centre of Kabbalah and Rabbinic study from the 11th century until the Expulsion in 1492. There, Kabbalists had performed mystical experiments, never openly heard of before. This was the birthplace of the renowned Rabbinic scholar, Nachmanides, who wrote the Book of Splendour. Kabbalists, Ezra ben Solomon, Jacob ben Abraham, Azriel, and Isaac the Blind from Narbonne, produced the sacred texts and so advanced and preserved wisdom. This period was known as the Golden Age.
This, the inhabitants of Girona supposed, was the secret the Society had guarded – but it went back much further than the Middle Ages. Before the arrival of the Romans, Girona had been an Iberian trading centre. The Phoenicians came there around 2000 BC and later the Greeks, building a settlement still in existence along the coast at Empurias. Further back, before the city existed, Celts had lived in settlements across this fruitful land.
In the 1950s Girona was said to be 4,000 years old. Today, archaeologists have increased that figure to extend back 25,000 years. The painter, Salvador Dalí, knew that the secret was older than even the archaeologists could believe.
In the middle of the journey through the Lock and Key, beside the portal on Mount Canigou, lay the Cradle…