Lost Symbol resources - part I


Here's the 1st section of resources for the Dan Brown novel 'The Lost Symbol' with a map, a video, lots of links, and some example photos. I suggest you read the chapter first before scrolling down to see the photos, videos and other links.

This section covers the following chapters in the book:

To see the complete list so far, head back to the main Dan Brown's Lost Symbol resource page. And please add a comment if you have any other links you think should be added to this page!


House of the Temple

We get our first introduction to the Masons and their 'House of the Temple' at 1733 Sixteenth Street NW in the District of Columbia - the US national headquarters for the Masonic Supreme Council. The building was designed by John Russell Pope and built from 1911-1915.


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The building's official name is "Home of The Supreme Council, 33°, Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction, Washington D.C., U.S.A.". For more details, see:


The architect John Russell Pope (1874-1937) designed many famous public buildings in the US (Washington, New York City, etc...) as well as England and France. For more details, see his Wikipedia entry


Chapter 2


Tattoos figure prominently on one of the main characters of the book. Here are some related Wikipedia entries:

Leviticus 19:28

Leviticus is the third book of the Jewish Torah or Christian Old Testament and deals in a large part with God's covenant with Israel. Leviticus 19 starts with "The LORD said to Moses...Do not steal...Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material... Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard..." and then the quotation referred to in the book: "Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves."

Other references

  • Kryu silk has been produced in Kiru, Gunma, Japan since at least 713 AD
  • Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778) was an Italia artist known for his many etchings of Rome
  • A Savonarola chair (also known as an X-chair, scissors chair, Dante chair, or Luther chair) is a folding chair shaped like a X from the front
  • Silvershmith Vincenzo Bugarini created many intricate oil burning lamps in the early 19th century
  • A Castrato "is a man with a singing voice equivalent to that of a soprano, mezzo-soprano, or contralto voice produced either by castration of the singer before puberty or one who, because of an endocrinological condition, never reaches sexual maturity." (from Wikipedia)
  • Giuseppe Verdi was an Italian opera composer - you can find free MP3's of a number of recordings of his operas at the Italian site Liber Liber including this direct link to a recording of "Dies Irae"
  • Boaz and Jachin are the names of the two pillars that stood on the porch of Solomon's Temple, the first Jewish temple, built in 960 BCE. The pillars were either copper or bronze.
  • A phoenix is a mythical bird that is said to have a very long lifespan (500 to 1,000 years) and then bursts into flame. A new, young phoenix then grows from the ashes.