"LOST SYMBOL" PHOTOS: Real Places From Dan Brown's Book

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"The Apotheosis of Washington," U.S. Capitol Building

Flanked by Liberty and Victory in female form, George Washington ascends to the heavens and is transformed into a god in a 4,664-square-foot (433-square-meter) fresco painted on the ceiling of the U.S. Capitol's inner dome in Washington, D.C.

In Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol, the action kicks off the discovery of a severed hand, tattooed with Masonic symbols, beneath the painting and two floors above the intended tomb of George Washington—a typically Brownian combination of history, religion, mythology, power politics, and code cracking.

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—Photograph by Scott S. Warren, National Geographic Stock
 
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