Around the year 1600, in the Rome Baroque theatre of political intrigues and inquisition trials, one of the most influential secret societies in history was born: The Illuminati.
The engimatic society was accessible only to the brightest: scientists,
artists, poets, scholars and philosophers whose avant-garde ideas
were frowned upon by the Church.
Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Galileo Galilei, the twin heads of the society, paved a
secret path through the
most central parts of the Eternal City, scattering obscure clues that once decoded, would lead Illuminati adepts to their most secret lair –
the Church of Illumination.
The symbol of the Illuminati was a pyramid with the emblem of the all-seeing-eye inside – a symbol you can see today on the dollar
bill. The four-sided pyramid represents the four mystic elements of the Illuminati:
EARTH, AIR, FIRE and WATER. The triangular shaped walls of the pyramid replicate the Greek symbol “delta”, which means change. Lastly, the all-seeing-eye was symbolic of the Illuminati’s
omniscient presence in European society.
We invite you to join us for an unforgettable journey through some of the most beautiful sites in the Eternal City, to tread the path of
Illumination and breathe the air of intrigue, mystery and revelation…
Dan Brown was born on June 22, 1964. He grew up in Exeter, New Hampshire and graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1982. He moved to Los
Angeles and pursued a career as a composer and musician. He then studied art history at the University in Seville. In 1993 he returned to New Hampshire and a teaching job at his old school. Brown published his first thriller, Digital Fortress, in 1998. He went on to write Angels and Demons and Deception Point. His last Bestseller, The Da Vinci Code, was published in March 2003.
Official site: www.danbrown.com