The Musée du Louvre in Paris offers visitors a chance to understand ‘The Da Vinci Code,’ and understand its facts and fiction on a visitor trial that lasts one and a half hours. The references to ‘The Da Vinci Code’ may be known to you if you have seen the Ron Howard movie, part of which was filmed in the galleries of the Louvre Museum or read Dan Brown’s novel of the same name. However, the purpose of the thematic trial of the Louvre Museum is to dissect the mysterious work, disclose some of its facts and factual inaccuracies, which were misleadingly exaggerated to an extent.
Starting with the Louvre Pyramid
The Louvre trial starts at Hall Napoléon, a gallery situated beneath the pyramid designed by I.M. Pei, an American architect born in Guangzhou. A myth surfaced in the past that the ‘666 panes of glass,’ as mentioned in The Da Vinci Code novel, refers to the satanic number mentioned in a verse of the New Testament or The Book of Revelation. In actual, the Pyramide du Louvre is made up of six hundred and seventy three glass panes, comprising of its doors.
Hera of Samos
The visitor trial then proceeds to the Pre-classical Greek gallery of the Louvre, which is home to a votive statue resembling the Greek Goddess Hera. The novel touches upon the sacredness of the feminine and Goddess worship. It alludes to the fact that early centuries of the evolution of Christianity intended to suppress Mary Magdalene by erasing her memory. Hera is symbolic of sacred feminine and the statue epitomizes that ancient religions worshipped the Goddess. Dan Brown got inspiration to the theme of his popular novel from that and refers to the fact that a Goddess led private life alluding Mary Magdalene to Jesus’ secret companion.
The Arago Medallion
Towards the end of ‘The Da Vinci Code’, its protagonist Robert Langdon follows the trial of the bronze medallions in the Louvre. There are one hundred and thirty five of Arago Medallions in Paris City, which marks a meridian line in France from South to North and crossing the city capital. Fifteen of such medallions are inside the museum in Paris. However, Dan Brown’s novel portrays the geographic mark of Paris meridian as the ‘Rose Line’. You can explore more about the fact and fiction of ‘The Da Vinci Code’ on a private Louvre Museum tour devoted to that.