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Westminster Abbey

 

 

House of God and House of Kings

Westminster Abbey, Victoria Street, SW1
 
Westminster Abbey does not welcome ‘Da Vinci Code’ tours, so you’ll have to follow that last part of the London trail alone with the help of a few pointers from us.
 
Listed below is what to look out for and where... Good luck!
 
Newton’s Tomb

When Langdon and Sophie finally crack the code they realise that the knight they seek is, in fact, Sir Isaac Newton. They speed to Westminster Abbey where they know they will find his grave. They quickly locate the tomb of the great scientist on the north side of the nave.
 
The tomb is exactly as described in the novel; Newton is reclining regally in classical robes atop a huge black marble sarcophagus, leaning on a pile of his works. There is a pyramid behind, on which there is a celestial globe depicting the signs of the zodiac.
 
The Chapter House

While examining the monument for clues – they discover a note from the Teacher. It instructs them to follow him into the Chapter House and out into the public garden where he has Teabing captive. The foolish duo takes the Teacher at his word, following the evil mastermind into a dead end. Here, in a tense showdown, the identity of their adversary is finally revealed.
 
The walls of the octagonal Chapter House are covered with murals of the Final Judgement. Ornate tile work and original Victorian stained glass adorn the area. It was here that King Henry III’s Great Council convened for the first time in 1257; in effect the beginning of English Parliament. The Chapter House was used by the House of Commons until the 14th century, when they moved to the Palace of Westminster where they’ve sat ever since.
 
 
The End
 
This is the end of the London leg of 'The Da Vinci' tour.
 
If you want to continue the journey on to its next stage in Edinburgh, why not opt for a tailor-made day trip by rail. Book tickets
 
In the meantime, happy sleuthing!
 
Current events at Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey Midnight Mass, Christmas Carols & Services event running until Thursday 25th December 2014
TIMES 30th November to 25th December 2014  PRICING Free, some tickets required
Pack inside one of London's most famous landmarks for an old-fashioned service to take you right through to Christmas Day. More about this event
Christmas At Westminster Abbey: Service of Lesson & Carols event Tuesday 23rd December
TIMES Tuesday 23rd December 2014 - 6pm-7pm  PRICING Free ticketed
Celebrate Christmas this year in the beautiful splendour of Westminster Abbey, one of the world's great churches with a history stretching back over ... More about this event
First Eucharist Of Christmas event Wednesday 24th December
TIMES Wednesday 24th December 2014 - 11.30pm-0.30am  PRICING Free
Celebrate Christmas this year in the beautiful splendour of Westminster Abbey, one of the world's great churches with a history stretching back over ... More about this event
Service Of Lesson & Carols event Wednesday 24th December
TIMES Wednesday 24th December 2014 - 4pm-5pm  PRICING Free
Celebrate Christmas this year in the beautiful splendour of Westminster Abbey, one of the world's great churches with a history stretching back over ... More about this event
Sung Eucharist event Thursday 25th December
TIMES Thursday 25th December 2014 - 10.30am-11.30am  PRICING Free
Celebrate Christmas in the beautiful splendour of Westminster Abbey, one of the world's great churches with a history stretching back over a thousand... More about this event

 

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