Antonin Gadal
The Work of a Man Inspired by the Spirit
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 Who Is Antonin Gadal?  
 The Source  
 The Doctrine  
 Pyrenean Catharism  
 The Catharism and Its Origins  
 The Mystery of the Caves  
   Antique Sanctuaries  
   A Bible for Mankind  
   Retreats, Caves, Caverns  
   Double Caves  
   Caves: Places of Initiation  
   The Cathars’ Cathedral.  
   An Underground Epic  
   A Peaceful Ending  
   A Moving Rediscovery  
   In Quest of the Spirit  
   Death and Resurrection  
   A New Man  
   Becoming 'Perfect'  
   The New Vesture  
   The Path of the Stars  
   The Caves Speak…  
   The Spoulga of Bouan  
   Lux Lucet in Tenebris  
   Formation, Reformation, Transformation  
   The Dualism of the Cathars  
 The Grail in the Pyrenees  
 Grail, Cathars and Rosycross  
 Interesting Links  
The Cavern of Lombrives – the Cathars’ Cathedral

Formed by an underground river, like all the other caves of the area, Lombrives had been prehistoric men’s dwelling. Later, we find there a tribe of Pyrenean Iberians, the Bedrykes. Their presence links Pyrene’s legend to that huge underground palace; she was king Bebryx’s daughter-in-law, victim of her unfortunate love for Hercules, the Tyrian. She gave her name to the Pyrenees.

The rocky halls show a multitude of calcareous concretions, stalactites and stalagmites. Mysterious symbols and engravings from all centuries cover their walls. We find there, as the imposing heart of the cavern, the ‘cathedral of the Cathars’.
In 1244, after Monségur’s fall, the cavern of Lombrives became the dwelling of a Cathar bishop, Amiel Aicard. This Perfect One had indeed received the order of leaving the besieged fortress during the night of its surrender in 1244 and bringing to Lombrives the ‘sacred treasure of the Cathars’.

The upper part of the cave saw the slow death of 510 Cathars, immured alive in 1328 on inquisitor Jacques Fournier’s order.

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