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The Da Vinci code was a book by Dan Brown in 2003. It raised a whole slew of questions and interesting things about Jesus. The book, however, was fiction as were most of the things even claimed to be factual in the book. The Da Vinci code creates some interesting questions but most of which can be proved fictional. That is why this page is here, to sort out the real fact and fictions in The Da Vinci Code. After all, this site is about strange facts and some of these facts sure are strange. If you haven't read the book yet, do it but be sure to look at it as fiction. It is worth the read though.

The Priory of Sion

Lets start with the Priory of Sion. Dan Brown would have you believe that it is complete fact that the Priory of Sion was a real organization formed in 1099 with such members as Leonardo da Vinci, Issac Newton, and Victor Hugo. This is stated right in the beginning of The Da Vinci Code as being a fact. The truth is the Priory of Sion was formed in 1956 by a man with the name of Pierre Plantard. Plantard forged fake documents stating the involvement of Da Vinci, Newton, and the others in the Priory of Sion. This impossible since the Priory of Sion is only 50 years old. It seems Dan Brown forgets to tell us of this important fact. This fact right here, in essence, completely falsifies the existance of a Priory of Sion except for within the last 50 years.

Opus Dei

Now, with Opus Dei this is a real international prelature of the Roman Catholic Church. Unlike Brown states in the fact secion in the beginning of The Da Vinci Code, they are not under controversy for "corporal mortification" or brainwashing. This prelature was founded in 1928. There are two Opus Deis the Opus Dei of reality and the Opus Dei of myth. The Opus Dei of myth is the one that you hear about in The Da Vinci Code.

The Artwork

How about we move on to the statement in the beginning of the book that "All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents, and secret rituals in this novel are accurate." In the book they talk of the Dead Sea Scrolls and state that they were discovered in the 1950s. The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947. A simple piece of fact that had no reason to be changed, it just appears that it was not researched properly. How about in the book where Sophie takes the painting of Madonna on the Rocks off the wall and uses it as a shield. The book states that the painting is five feet tall when in fact it is six and a half feet tall. Not only that but the frame weighs 200-300 pounds. Just a little too much for a woman to pick up I think.

The Last Supper

What about Da Vinci's painting of The Last Supper? The book states that it is Mary Magdelene seated to the right of Jesus, not John the Evangelist. This is defended simply by the statement that the individual seated to the right of Jesus appears female. It is a well known fact that artists often depicted males with female qualities during Da Vinci's time. Also, Da Vinci painted The Last Supper 1500 years after the event actually occured, how could he have possibly known everything. If Mary Magdelene were to be at the last supper that would leave only 11 deciples, where was the twelfh? You cannot base an entire theory on a painting painted 1500 years after an event with what appears to be a female seated next to jesus in place of a male.

What It All Means

This just shows that you have to remember not to make The Da Vinci code into something that it is not. It is a great ficional book and nothing more. Even the things claimed to be fact have proven fiction. I suggest you read the book but simply for entertainment purposes. Don't start to think that Jesus had a bloodline and that the whole bible is a deception. If Jesus were to marry and have a kid, then why would they have taken it out of the bible? Those are the questions you need to ask yourself when you read The Da Vinci Code. Ask yourself those questions and remember not to make this story into something that it is not.