Crack The Da Vinci Code… In Europe!

Finally, after waiting for what feels like ages, the highly- anticipated movie based on the best- selling novel, The Da Vinci Codeis arriving this May. But before you see the movie, why not travel to Europe and follow the trail of clues that will lead you to solving the mystery behind the Da Vinci code? Venture into the unknown and see if you can crack the code!

Begin your journey in the spectacular land of Scotland. This country has mythical tales and unsolved mysteries all of its own, such as the legend of the Loch Ness monster, as well as ghost stories that would chill your bones. This mysterious and magical country will inspire you to discover the secrets of Da Vinci and lead you to your first destination: Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland.

As you journey along the ancient network of streets, known as the Royal Mile, you will be lead straight to Edinburgh Castle. This luxurious castle looms over the entire city and is constantly in view. As you walk through the beautiful corridors of the castle you’ll be able to witness the Scottish crown jewels on show in the castle along with the enchanting Stone of Destiny.

From here you will be lead to Rosslyn Chapel, which is over 500 years old! The extraordinary castle sports some of the most impressive examples of medieval stonework in existence. It is here that you will find your next clue, leading you to London, England.

In London, you will travel through the beautiful gardens and ancient buildings to Temple Church. This historical figure was built in the 12th century by the Knights of Templar. Templar Church is extremely important in the story of the Da Vinci Code and will give you your next clue: Westminster Abbey.

Here, in this 11th century Gothic style building, Sir Isaac Newton lies trapped in an endless slumber. It is Newton who is the key to the riddle; ‘In London lies a knight a pope interred,’ as you will discover when you watch the film.

Next, you might want to visit St. James’ Park, one of London’s most famous and beautiful Royal Parks. The site is surrounded by three royal palaces and breath- taking views of both Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. In the film, this is where ‘the teacher’ gets rid of his unwanted accomplices.

If you’re looking to witness some of Da Vinci’s work up close and personal, you may want to traipse over to the National Gallery. It is here that some of Da Vinci’s finest work, such as Virgin of the Rocks, is held, as well as the works of many other artists.

As your search for the truth behind the mystery continues, you will be guided into Paris, France, the city of love. Once you’ve arrived you’ll want to continue your quest in the countless corridors of the Louvre Museum. The museum was once a 13th century castle, which turned into a royal residence, which then turned into one of the most famous museums in the world. Housed inside the museum are over 60,000 pieces of the greatest works of art known to man. Among them is Da Vinci’s mysterious painting of The Mona Lisa. It is this painting that plays a huge role in the Da Vinci Code.

Your next destination will be the St. Sulpice Church, a 17th century building located on the Left Bank of the river. This curious church is teeming with mysteries just itching to be solved including the narrow copper strip referred to in the movie as the Rose Line.

Clues discovered at the St. Sulpice Church will guide you to the Chateau de Villette, located just outside Paris. In the film, this gorgeous residence portrays the home of British historian Sir Leigh Teabing. In the film, it is here that Teabing reveals the relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene.

If you’re particularly interested in the life of Da Vinci, you would be smart to visit the Chateau du Clos Luce, where Da Vinci spent the last three years of his life. Inside this renaissance styles chateau you can view exhibits of 40 working models of his inventions, as well as tours of the house and chapel.

As your search winds down, you will be lead to the enchanting city of Lincolnshire, England. In the film, many climactic scenes were shot at the Lincoln Cathedral, which was built in the 14th century. This majestic gothic structure contains many quirky details like the famous Lincoln Imp.

You can also journey to the Burghley house, which has been filmed in many Hollywood movies including the Da Vinci Code. This building is a 16th century manor complete with a three hundred- acre deer park.

As you end your quest to decode the mystery of Da Vinci, you will stumble upon your last destination: Belvoir Castle. The castle has been around since 1085 and housed inside it is an art collection containing paintings by Reynolds, Holbein, and Nicholas Poussin.

Now that you have completed your journey through Europe and attempted to crack the Da Vinci code, you can watch the movie and remember all the beautiful and breath- taking places you visited. For more information on the places mentioned or on the Da Vinci Code visit: http://www.visitdavincicode.com/USA/, http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/thedavincicode/, http://www.visitbritain.com/, http://www.visitscotland.com/, http://www.franceguide.com/prehome.asp,

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