Deciphering "The DaVinci Code" in Scotland, Great Britain
The DaVinci Code reaches its climax at the enigmatic Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland. The real-life, 15th-century Gothic church—officially known as the Collegiate Chapel of Saint Matthew—isn’t as picture perfect as the movie version, but it does practically vibrate with mystery. Odd carvings of fallen angels and little green men adorn the inside of surprisingly tiny church. And the ceiling’s odd assortment of stars, roses, and blocks has only recently been translated. You won’t find a cellar packed with church-altering documents, but the Apprentice’s Pillar in the nave excites the imagination with its intricate twists of stone and story (the poor carver was allegedly bludgeoned to death for having upstaged his stonemason boss).