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Photos: 'Da Vinci Code' hot spots

From Westminster Abbey to the Louvre's "Mona Lisa," have fun exploring the locations of "The Da Vinci Code."
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Louvre

Dan Brown's best-selling thriller "The Da Vinci Code" takes readers through a number of famous historic landmarks in Western history. From Westminster Abbey in London to the Louvre Museum in Paris (pictured), have fun exploring the locations of "The Da Vinci Code," which came out on Friday as a much-anticipated movie directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou.

Here, Webshots users share photos of some of their favorite spots from the story, which kicks off when a museum curator is found murdered.

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Mona Lisa

The famed painting "Mona Lisa," also known as "La Gioconda," plays a role in the intricate plot of "The Da Vinci Code."

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Temple Church London

Temple Church is the first church main characters Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu visit in "The Da Vinci Code." The church is situated between Fleet Street and the River Thames; directions are available on the Web site.

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Saint Sulpice Church

In "The Da Vinci Code," the Saint-Sulpice Church in Paris holds key clues to an explosive 2,000-year-old secret. Erection of the church, shown here behind gates, began in 1646, and it took 134 years to complete.

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Westminster Abby

The interior of London's Westminster Abbey, the burial place of Sir Isaac Newton and the site of an important revelation in "The Da Vinci Code."

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Lincoln Cathedral

A room inside the Lincoln Cathedral, a medieval landmark in England where Sony Pictures' "The Da Vinci Code" was filmed.

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National Gallery

Fountains grace the outside of London's National Gallery, where Leonardo da Vinci's "The Virgin of the Rocks" is located. In "The Da Vinci Code," author Brown refers to the painting as the "watered-down" version of "The Madonna of the Rocks."

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St. James Park

St. James Park in London is a lovely spot for a stroll, though in "The Da Vinci Code," it's the site of a murder.

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St. James Park pond

In "The Da Vinci Code," St. James Park isn't always as tranquil as it appears here.

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Champs-Elysees

One of many chases in "The Da Vinci Code" takes place along the beautiful Champs-Elysees in Paris.

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Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower in Paris serves as a backdrop for some fevered "Da Vinci Code" drama.

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Outside Rosslyn Chapel

The conclusion of "The Da Vinci Code" takes place at the Rosslyn Chapel in Midlothian, Scotland. The chapel was founded in 1446 by Sir William St. Clair.

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