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Temple Church in The Da Vinci Code

Date posted: 01.05.2006

The greatest conspiracy of the last 2000 years is about to unravel in front of your eyes at cinemas from 19 May. The forthcoming release of The Da Vinci Code, adapted from the sell-out novel by Dan Brown, is brought to you by Sony Pictures.

When an elderly curator of the Louvre is murdered inside the museum, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) is called upon to decipher a strange symbol found near the body. Joining him in his adventure is a talented French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou). Together, they discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci.

In a breathless race through Paris, London, and beyond, Langdon and Neveu match wits with a faceless powerbroker who appears to work for Opus Dei - a clandestine, Vatican-sanctioned Catholic sect believed to have long plotted to seize the Priory's secret. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle in time, the Priory's secret - and a stunning historical truth - will be lost forever.

This relentless adventure was set in Temple Church, among other key locations in the capital. Based in the City of London, this Norman and Gothic church proved the perfect setting. After Neveu solves the combination lock of the keystone, the enclosed riddle suggests they should go to the Temple Church to find the next hidden clue that will let them unlock the second combination lock of the keystone.

Temple Church is a remarkable building because it has survived intact in pretty much its original form in the centre of a major city for 800 years, and because it has been the scene of key events in British history. In The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown's Temple Church is imagined as a hidden crypt in central London where entombed crusader knights have been keeping the secret of the Holy Grail since the 12th century.

The Church was built by the Knights Templar in the 12th Century and is in two parts: the Round and the Chancel. The Round derives from the circular church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. There are nine life-size stone effigies of knights. The present Chancel was an enlargement of the original and, with very fine marble piers and capitals and high lancet windows, is one of the finest 13th century examples in England.

For filming enquiries please contact Liz Clark, the Temple Church Administrator, on 020 7353 8559 or email General information can be found on the Temple Church website.

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