The tiny French village of Bugarach is considered to be a safe haven for those fleeing the apocalypse.
For those who believe the world is going to end on December 21st 2012, Bugarach has become renowned as a place said to have magical properties that can protect against the end of the world. Located in a picturesque region near the foot of the Pyrenees the village of 200 is otherwise unremarkable, but as the supposed end date approaches residents are concerned that the village will soon be overrun with a stampede of people from all over the world who are hoping to shelter there from the impending apocalypse.
"People who believe in the end of the world regularly write to me," said Mayor Delord. "I don't want to tell anyone how to live, but when hundreds of people storm our village, we won't be able to guarantee public safety anymore."
"They believe that Bugarach is special because, according to the calculations, the village is supposed to be saved from the hellfire -- at least that's the story in Internet forums on the topic, which have selected the spot as a modern-day Noah's Ark."
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