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Friday, April 28, 2006

Da Vinci Code Tour

The Da Vinci Code ... I'm trying to retain a sense of humor about the book/movie and the ferver surrounding it. So, in that spirit, did you know you can actually go on a Da Vinci Code tour of the locations mentioned in the story?

Here's an abridged virtual tour (pictures but no storyline ... don't want to spoil the surprises). It begins in Paris ...


- The Louvre, where Da Vinci's Last Supper and Mona Lisa hang


- St. Sulpice, a 17th-century church, in whose nave can be found the Rose Line, a narrow brass strip, which marks the original zero-longitude line


- Near the Château de Versailles, is the Château Villette, built on 240-acres in 1668.

And then, on to London ...


- Temple Church, with its rare circular nave, was built by the Knights Templar in the 12th century and here they can be seen in effigy.


- St. James' Park borders the Houses of Parliament, the Tudor St. James's Palace, and Buckingham Palace, and was acquired by Henry VIII in 1532 for a deer park.


- The religion department of King's College houses the Research Institute in Systematic Theology, one of the world's most advanced religious research libraries.


- Westminster Abbey, where, among other neat things, you can see Sir Isaac Newton's grave and tomb.

And finally, the tour ends in Scotland ...


- Rosslyn Chapel, dedicated to St. Matthew in 1446, the chapel is known for the stone carving inside. Some believe that Rosslyn Chapel is where the Holy Grail is buried.


14 Comments:

Blogger Paula said...

Crystal, what disturbs me beside other things, is that low quality literature as DVC is so succesful.

The bad taste of so many people who say that DVC is a good novel is disturbing.
The fact that DVC is perceived as good literature makes the message credible.

Not only the lack of religious education contributed to the success of DVC.It is about the lack of solid humanist (secular) education also.

1:49 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

I see the book/movie from two points of view, I guess.

On one hand, it's disturbing because it is so innaccurate and because those innaccuracies are believed by so many. It feeds into people's conspiracy theories about the church and I don't like the gnostic Jesus it portrays.

On the other hand, from the point of view of an aspiring writer (me :-), this book/movie is a great example of, not litereature, but popular fiction ... adventure/thriller. It has interesting locations, a hero who is brave, intelligent, and willing to put his life in danger to find "The Truth", romance, religious mysteries, conspiracies, and really awful bad guys.

When all is said and done, I doubt it will change what people already believe, any more than The Passion of the Christ did ... it will encourage those already part of "the choir" and disturb those who feel differently.

But, as usual, I could be wrong :-)

11:02 AM  
Blogger Paula said...

Dear Crystal,
Good observations.Anyway i think that the book is not well written.:-).
You know who will be really affected in my opinion?
Those seeking(in a way or in another)their spiritual path.:-(.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Paula said...

And have you seen the trailers of the movie on web?Highly ridiculous!:-))))

11:22 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

I haven't seen any of the trailers yet. It's true that the false info the movie provides will be confusing to those who are just atarting to be interested in religion. One can only hope people who are truly interested will dig deeper and do some research or ask a trusted expert for advice. There is no good way to limit information, whether it's reliable or not, I think. All we can do is offer viable alternatives.

11:43 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Wow - do I sound pompos :-)

Sorry - I don't mean to make light of your concerns, which are valid. I'm just not sure what we can do about the situation.

11:47 AM  
Blogger Paula said...

Crystal, true information mst be free.I am concerned about lies, but i try to take all with a grain of salt.I think that we can do our little part and talk when we have the opportunity about DVC.Other people suggested to not go to the movie and chose another movie instead in the day of the opening (19th May).My best friend who is a bit of a rebel wants to see the movie and laugh loudly. She read the book and she laughed. She is looking forward to have fun at movie.She said that people will be intrigued by laughter.:-).Maybe this is the best thing to do: to laugh.

11:58 AM  
Anonymous Mike L said...

Paula, I think that your friend has the right idea, enjoy and laugh.

Crystal, I never thought that fiction was supposed to avoid "lies" but rather was a lie unto itself. :) The book never claimed to be history, so far as I know.

What does upset me is how people have been conditioned to simply accept the lies that our leaders tell us, and just write them off as politics. No one seems worried about the lies told in regaurd to the Iraqi war effort. Why then do we worry about DVC????

Mike L

12:15 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

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1:29 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

These are not just innocent "lies".They lead people astray.

As a Christian i am offended by this book. I do not hate the offender and i do not express my offence in an violent way.I try to make fun of it.But for me Christ is God. It is sacred.So, i am hurt by all these.

Why worry about DVC?Because this is just as important as the lies that your political leaders tell you.
Christianity is one of the last defences in front of rampant consumerism and materialism.

Beliving in DVC and beliving that Iraq was a right decision go hand in hand.
Just my opinion, from here, from over the pond.:-).

1:41 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Freedom of speech and of information is very important. Lies once told can be refuted, and even punished, if libel, slander, malice can be proved. But the kind of lies told in this book are more artistic license, an interpretation of reality, I think, then lies found in non-fiction. But they can still hurt.

Political lies ... there's a can of worms ... they get people killed. Are they worse than religious lies? I'm not sure. I do think that people should take some responcibility for researching the truth about stuff that matters to them, whether it's religious or political.

2:08 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Amen, Sister.:-).
I am done with DVC here on your blog. I may post something on mine in the next days.Hugs from here.

2:29 PM  
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2:30 PM  
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