Da Vinci Code fame brings financial boon to Rosslyn Chapel

Rosslyn Chapel, the 15th century C.E. Scottish church featured in The Da Vinci Code, reports a UK£1.35m budget surplus due to the stream of visitors who came to see the building depicted in the book and film.

Officials at Rosslyn report that the number of visitors to the chapel rose from 30,000 per year to over 170,000 per year since 2005. They believe, however, that the surge has peaked and that visits will be about 20,000 less this year. The budget surplus is being used to accelerate a UK£12.75m renovation of the building and visitor centre.