The Da Vinci Code

Have you read the book or seen the movie of the Da Vinci Code? At the end of the story, the characters go to a little church in Scotland. I visited this church in August. It is very beautiful but it so old and the weather is damaging the buidling. Some people are trying to repair this church. That is why there is a strange roof over the church.
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Inside the church, there are so many carvings. The stone is highly decorated. Can you see the little man’s face in this picture?

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He is the green man, a symbol of nature and of the fight between good and evil.He is a pre-Christian image. There are lots of green men in this church.

This picture is a gargoyle. A gargoyle is a monster with an ugly face carved outside old churches. Gargoyles were thought to frighten away devils from the church. They protect the church.

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There is a terrible story about this pillar.
p1090199.jpgThe master stone mason wanted to make a very beautiful pillar. He did not know how to finish his work so he went to Rome to ask the Pope how he should finish. But while he was in Rome, his apprentice finished the pillar by himself! When the master came home he was so angry that he picked up the apprentice’s hammer and killed him on the spot.

There are many stories about this church. Who knows if they are true?

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2 Comments

  1. Yuki.I said,

    October 2, 2007 at 4:06 pm

    I’ve never seen the Da Vinci Code.
    It looks difficult.
    But I want to look because I’m interested in this movie and I thought these photographs are beautiful.

  2. Yoshihiro Fujiwara said, said,

    October 4, 2007 at 2:43 pm

    I’ve never read the Da Vinci Code.But I want to read it.
    And I want to go Scotland.Because Scotland is famous for football.
    Celtic is very famous team and I want to see Syunsuke Nakamura.


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