To this day, the curators of the chapel have permitted no excavation.
The Vatican prelature known as Opus Dei is a deeply devout Catholic sect that has become controversial recently due to allegations of brainwashing, coercion, and a dangerous practice knock as “corporal mortification.” Opus Dei has recently completed construction of a $47 million, 133,000-square-foot North American Headquarters at 243 Lexington Avenue in New York City.
The Louvre Museum in Paris is one of the longest buildings on Earth.
Walking around the entire perimeter of this horseshoe-shaped edifice is a three-mile journey.
Part of the book’s popularity is that people have latched on to this assumption, in the belief that Christianity hasn’t paid enough attention to what Brown, among others, describes as the “Sacred Feminine”.
“The second obsession is with conspiracy theories, the idea that organised religion, specifically Roman Catholicism, has something to hide.
“The book is written as a thriller, but because the author states that all the buildings and rituals are accurate , people are making pilgrimages to sites in the novel, only to discover that there is a palpable gulf between reality and pulp fiction, which has been confirmed by numerous experts in various fields, but people still have trouble accepting the reality of historical fact.
Very often, these ‘pilgrims’ consider the experts part of the perceived giant cover-up.” In this novel, as in Dan Brown’s previous work, Angels and Demons, Dr D’Arcy sees a strong, anti-Roman Catholic bias that is reminiscent of the schizoid attitude towards Catholicism in Elizabethan and Jacobean tragedy.
Even so, the Louvre’s collection of art is so vast that only a fraction of its works can be displayed on the walls.
Inside the galleries, a multitude of security cameras watch over visitors.