Visitors ‘Seek The Truth” About Britain, France and Scotland with The Da Vinci Code

Da Vinci Code Movie Map Available for Travelers

New Website with In-Depth Visitor Information

LOS ANGELES, CA, April 18, 2006 — An unprecedented partnership between three countries and this year’s most highly anticipated film will encourage more people to visit Britain, France and Scotland. National tourism agency VisitBritain, Scottish tourist board VisitScotland and the French tourist office, Maison de la France, have partnered with Sony Pictures and its global partner, Eurostar – the high-speed rail service. Together they will showcase locations, destinations and attractions associated with the motion picture adaptation of The Da Vinci Code, which will be released worldwide May 19th.

A dedicated new website, www.visitdavincicode.com, features in-depth visitor information about Paris, London, and Edinburgh, ‘behind-the-scenes’ secrets from different locations, key destinations and related attractions, a downloadable The Da Vinci Code movie map, film trailers, and movie and cast information. Packages with Novotel hotels and Gray Line tours also offer consumers the chance to ‘seek the truth’ and follow in the footsteps of the film’s characters. The Da Vinci Code movie map will also available beginning May 1 by calling the VisitBritain contact center at 1-800-462-2782.

The Da Vinci Code was partly filmed at Shepperton Studios, near London and on location at Burghley House and Lincoln Cathedral in Lincolnshire, Leicestershire’s Belvoir Castle, the Temple Church in London’s Holborn, the Caledonian Hilton Hotel in Edinburgh and, of course, Rosslyn Chapel in Midlothian. The convenience of filming in Britain meant that actors and director were only a stone’s throw from French locations throughout Paris, in the Louvre Museum and in the Val d’Oise at Chateau de Villette to name a few.

The many iconic images from each destination captured on screen in Sony Pictures’ The Da Vinci Code are sure to persuade consumers to visit and discover the reality for themselves.

Key British locations include Lincoln Cathedral – one of Europe’s finest Gothic cathedrals and used in place of Westminster Abbey – in addition to Burghley House, England’s largest and grandest house from the Elizabethan age, and Belvoir Castle, the ancestral home of the Duke of Rutland for a thousand years.

Highlights of the story set in Paris include one of the most famous art museums in the world, the Louvre, the Ritz hotel on the prestigious Place Vendôme and the 17th century church of Saint Sulpice situated in the Latin Quarter.

Other unique images that play integral roles in the story of the Da Vinci Code include the spiritual Rosslyn Chapel, just south of Edinburgh in Scotland and long associated with grail legend, and the Chateau de Villette, to the north-west of Paris, built in 1668 by Mansart, the celebrated architect of Louis XIV.

From director Ron Howard, producer Brian Grazer and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, (the Oscar®-winning team of A Beautiful Mind), and producer John Calley (the Oscar®-nominated The Remains of the Day), comes the film version of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, one of the most popular and talked about novels of our time, with a cast headed by two-time Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Sir Ian McKellen, Alfred Molina, Jürgen Prochnow, Paul Bettany and Jean Reno. Produced by Grazer and Calley, The Da Vinci Code (www.SoDarkTheConOfMan.com) involves a thrilling murder investigation that unearths the biggest cover-up in human history.

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown has spent more than two years on the New York Times best-seller list. With more than 50 million copies in print, it has been translated into 44 languages.

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