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By Jennifer Paull, Christopher Culwell

This absolutely illustrated consultant to the best-selling novel grants clean perception into the Da Vinci Code phenomenon. Following the trail of the novel's characters, Fodor's consultant to The Da Vinci Code delves into the destinations, humans, old occasions, and emblems fascinated about the story.

Inside you can find solutions to questions equivalent to: Do cryptexes particularly exist? Is there a mystery chamber less than Rosslyn Chapel? And what did conservators notice once they restored Leonardo's The final Supper? images interviews, maps, and shrewdpermanent energetic essays from specialists of their fields exhibit the eye-opening actual stories at the back of the secret.

• stunning, full-color images of the novel's destinations and pictures of key artwork
• Compelling interviews and essays from specialists of their fields
• special maps and ground plans
• BONUS! An particular shuttle sections of Da Vinci Code-related areas to devour, remain and notice in Paris, London, Rome, and Roslin, Scotland

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You might think of a painting as a two-dimensional object, but conservators see flat paintings in 3-D. Microscopic cross-sections of paint layers help them understand the work’s original makeup. They also reveal later additions by lesser artists. The Last Supper, as we had come to know it in the 20th century, was a regular layer cake of paint. Oil paint becomes brittle as it ages and tends to separate into small islands isolated by a network of cracks. Accelerated by the troublesome wall surface, Leonardo’s original pigments had begun to flake off even during his lifetime.

A threatening visit by Silas spurs them all to board Teabing’s plane for a latenight flight to London. THE PRIORY OF SION’S MURKY HISTORY kull and Bones, the Fists of Righteous Harmony, the Loyal Order of Moose, the Odd Fellows—whatever you may think about secret societies, you’ve got to give them credit for having intriguing names. The name of the Priory of Sion conjures up ideas of faith and long-established tradition. But while representatives of the Priory of Sion have claimed that their organization has kept its existence well-hidden for centuries, their secret society actually appears to have been an elaborate con game pulled off by a royal wannabe.

At exactly noon, according to old Paris time (nine minutes and twenty-one seconds ahead of Greenwich time), light passing through a small aperture high above the south transept marks a spot along this line. On December 21, the winter solstice, sunlight hits the obelisk; on June 21, summer solstice, the floor plaque; and at the spring and autumn equinoxes, the oval in the choir. Marrying science and faith, Languet de Gergy, curate of StSulpice, commissioned the “ecclesiastical compass” in the 1720s to determine the exact date of Easter, which, according to the Gregorian calendar, should be celebrated near the first full moon after the spring equinox.

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