19 December 2012 / by Radmila Gurkova
Will we survive the end of the world?
"Don't come to our 'safe' village for the end of the world" says mayor
Believers say the world will end on December 21, 2012, the end date of the ancient Mayan calendar, and they see Bugarach as one of a few sacred mountains sheltered from the cataclysm.
December 21 marks the end of an era that lasted over 5,000 years, according to the Mayan ''Long Count'' calendar. Some believe the date marks the end of the world as foretold by Mayan hieroglyphs.
French authorities have pleaded with New Age fanatics, sightseers and media crews not to come to the tiny village some believe will be one of the few places spared when the world supposedly ends on Friday.
''I am making an appeal to the world -- do not come to Bugarach,'' said mayor Jean-Pierre Delord, echoing calls from regional officials who noted that police will from Wednesday block access to the southwestern village of 200 residents.