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Barcelona locations with pictures of places used in Dan Brown's book 'Origin' in Barcelona, Spain. The book Origin includes places like the the magnificent Montserrat mountain and Montserrat Abbey near Barcelona and two constructions by Antoni Gaudi -  La Sagrada Familia church and the Casa Mila apartment house in Barcelona. 

Tourist guides at Montserrat monastery on Montserrat mountain and at the Sagrada Familia sometimes mention that these magnificent, spiritual and mystical places could easily be in a Dan Brown book and from October 2017 they are! In his new historical suspense book Origin. Dan Brown, author of the bestselling book 'The Da Vinci Code' and other novels featuring Professor Robert Langdon - played by Tom Hanks in equally succesful movies - has chosen Spanish cities Bilbao, Madrid, Seville, Barcelona as settings for Robert Langdon's latest adventure. Dan Brown’s books have been printed in more than 200 million copies worldwide and translated into 56 languages, so Origin will no doubt be a smash hit too.

In Barcelona, Brown takes the readers to the magnificent Montserrat monastery near Barcelona and to some of the most famous buildings of Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona including La Sagrada Familia temple and Casa Mila/La Pedrera.

Robert Langdon also rides in the Montjuic cable car on Montjuic hill and stays in the Sofia hotel on Barcelona's Diagonal Avenue. The novel also has locations in other iconic places in Spain that include Madrid's Royal Palace, Seville Cathedral and the world famous Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao

The plot of Dan Brown's new book Origin reveals an extraordinary discovery that aims to answer two questions that have haunted mankind since the beginning of time namely "Where do we come from?" and "Where are we going? Read the full synopsis to get an idea of the plot.  To find Dan Brown's answers to these existential questions buy his book Origin, which will be released on October 5th 2017. To answer more practical questions about how to get to Montserrat monastery and how to visit the Gaudi buildings when you visit Barcelona just click on the links at the bottom of this page!

Synopsis of Dan Brown 'Origin' book

"Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend a major announcement—the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough . . . one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence.

As the event begins, Langdon and several hundred guests find themselves captivated by an utterly original presentation, which Langdon realizes will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch’s precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever. Reeling and facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao.

With him is Ambra Vidal, the elegant museum director who worked with Kirsch to stage the provocative event. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret. Navigating the dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion, Langdon and Vidal must evade a tormented enemy whose all-knowing power seems to emanate from Spain’s Royal Palace itself . . . and who will stop at nothing to silence Edmond Kirsch. On a trail marked by modern art and enigmatic symbols, Langdon and Vidal uncover clues that ultimately bring them face-to-face with Kirsch’s shocking discovery . . . and the breathtaking truth that has long eluded us." Source

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Dan Brown’s books have been printed in more than 200 million copies worldwide and translated into 56 languages

Pictures of locations from Dan Brown novel 'Origin'

Montserrat mountain and monastery is featured in 'Origin' by Dan Brown

Montserrat monastery Dan Brown Origin novel

La Sagrada Familia temple is featured in 'Origin' by Dan Brown

La Pedrera building - Casa Mila by Gaudi - Dan Brown novel Origin

Casa Mila - La Pedrera - house

Casa Mila is the spectacular apartment building designed by Spanish/Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi which is featured in 'Origin' by Dan Brown.  In the novel ficticious character Edward Kirsch lived in a penthouse apartment in Casa Mila because of his fascination with Gaudi.

Casa Mila - La Pedrera building by Gaudi in Barcelona

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC)
The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación mentioned in the Dan Brown book 'Origin' is real. It is a public research center located in Barcelon and the home of 'MareNostrum' a 13,7 Petaflops, Intel Xeon Platinum-based supercomputer. The Center is located in a former chapel 'Torre Girona' , at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Visits are possible by appointment, but generally of interest to scientific visitors and school groups.

Montjuic cable car
Montjuic cable car on Montjuic hill is featured at the end of the novel Origin. Robert Langson rides the Montjuic cable car on Montjuic hill up to the former military fort called Castell de Montjuic at the summit of Montjuic hill. The cable ride has spectacular views of Barcelona. More info. Buy tickets online


Click on image below to buy Origin by Dan Brown on Amazon in paperback or Kindle and read on your vacation

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