I am very open about my movie guilty pleasure: The Da Vinci Code trilogy. Yes, the movies based on the famous and controversial Dan Brown book series. I think they are so encapsulating, have great re-watchability and are so much fun.
Putting aside the sequels Angels and Demons (2009) and Inferno (2016), let’s focus on The Da Vinci Code film locations in Paris.
The Da Vinci Code (2006) follows Dr Robert Langdon, a Harvard professor and Symbologist in Paris to promote his book. While he is there, the curator of the Louvre museum, Jacques Saunière, is shot and killed at his place of work. Langdon is summoned by the French Police to help investigate the mysterious markings around Jacques Saunière’s dead body.
He is somehow forced to partake in a treasure hunt with the help of Jacques Saunière’s granddaughter to find the Holy Grail (yes, the one in the bible) and clear his name.
The film is also shot in Midlothian, Scotland and the south of England. Even locations that are supposedly set in Paris are shot in England. But The Da Vinci Code film locations in Paris are still worth visiting if you’re a fan. One, in particular, you might have already visited…
All of The Da Vinci Code Film Locations in Paris…
Corner of Rue Becquerel/Rue de la Bonne, Montmartre, 75018
This address is the home of Silas, the Opus Dei Monk, who performs a chastising of the flesh in his barely furnished apartment. It’s directly behind the Sacré-Cœur, so extremely well-located for a frugal monk.
Louvre Museum, Rue de Rivoli, 75001
The pièce de résistance of The Da Vinci Code: the film used the real Louvre museum. The Louvre is where Robert Langdon is summoned to in order to inspect some suspicious markings around Jacques Saunière’s dead body. It is also the place where he and Sophie begin their treasure hunt.
Apparently, filming took place in the evenings when the museum was shut. The scenes are set at night anyway so this wouldn’t have been too inconvenient.
Pont du Carrousel, 75007
This is the Bridge that Robert and Sophie cross when they escape the Louvre in a Smart car. It is very geographically close to the Louvre, so extra points for continuity!
Church of Saint-Sulpice, 2 Rue Palatine, 75006
Silas looks for the keystone in the Church of Saint-Sulpice, and The Da Vinci Code used the exterior of the church in the film. Even though the interior was green screened in the film, the brass line is real enough though it’s not got much to do with roses and Paganism.
Chateau de Villette, Rue de la Maison Blanche, 95450 Condécourt
This rather lavish mansion is the home of Leigh Teabing, a Holy Grail enthusiast Robert is acquainted with. It’s slightly outside of Paris, about 27 miles North, but I’m still going to count it.
Hôtel Ritz, 15 Place Vendôme, 75001
The final chapter of the film ends at the rather swanky Ritz Hotel. Robert cuts himself shaving in his hotel suite which leads him to finally figuring out the last piece of the puzzle.
So, have do you secretly love The Da Vinci Code as much as me? And have you visited any of The Da Vinci Code film locations in Paris? Let me know in the comments below!