Located in the village of Roslin, a short drive outside of Edinburgh, the quite grounds of Rosslyn Chapel became an international tourist attraction after the release of Ron Howard’s movie The Da Vinci Code (2006) which is based on Dan Brown’s best-selling novel (2003). The movie features footage filmed at the chapel in 2005.

The chapel is so deeply shrouded in mystery and myth that it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction. Many websites, books and historians have attempted to explain the ornate designs found carved into the chapel on both the outside and inside, but it’s left to readers to decide which interpretations they think are correct.

Since 2008, all photography and video has been restricted inside the chapel and visitors are now only allowed to take pictures outside of the building. However, we were able to make several trips to the site while it was still under restoration and just days before Tom Hanks arrived on the set in 2005. Scaffolding also enabled us to climb high above the roof and grab a few shots of unique views tourists rarely get to see.