Photo Tour :: The Sphinx

A Sphinx stands guard outside the House of the Temple. (© Julie O'Connor, 2009)

Many Dan Brown fans have already made the Lost Symbol pilgrimage to Washington. For all those for whom Washington is too far, we aim to bring the city to you. Over the coming weeks, we will post photographs from the main Lost Symbol locations by Julie O’Connor.

Julie O’Connor’s Magical, Mystical, Masonic Photo Tour of Washington, DC will feature Washington sights in the order they appear in the novel. Today, it’s the sphinx outside the House of the Temple, the headquarters of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in the Southern Jurisdiction.

This colossal edifice, located at 1733 Sixteenth Street NW in Washington, D.C. was a replica of a pre-Christian temple–the temple of King Mausolus, the original mausoleum . . . a place to be taken after death. Outside the main entrance, two seventeen-ton sphinxes guarded the bronze doors.

Prologue, The Lost Symbol.

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