What is the history of St. Sulpice from The Da Vinci Code? What are its characteristics?

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Saint Sulpice, a famous Gothic Church in Paris, France was first built in 1645 and it became completed in 1746. It is a very famous landmark as it was dedicated to Saint Sulpicius, who was the bishop of Broughes in the 7th century; a trying time of tyrannical persecution and political upheavals.

The church has witnessed notorious baptisms and burials as one of the center stage churches in France. However, the importance of this location to the novel is that two salient symbols, the Obelisk next to Saint Peter, as well as the gnomon, a strange, brass meridian line that was once part of astronomical instrument built on site. It is quite unique. Together these odd objects seemingly lead "somewhere" as if in a code.

In The Da Vinci Code, St. Sulpice is supposed to be the holder of the keystone that would lead to the location of the Holy Grail. Partly mythical and partly eccentric, it is no question why Dan Brown would have selected it as a...

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