Dan Brown's new book, The Lost Symbol, is being released tomorrow. And it looks like the Holy Mountain is gonna be in demand to get a bunch of tourism because of it.
According to Telegraph.co.uk:
"Fans worldwide have been speculating on Facebook and Twitter while Brown has also been dropping hints through strategic “tweets” including a photograph of a Mount Athos monastery in Greece, the American presidential seal and a bar of music marked 'allegretto'."
The mysterious monastery is none other than Simonopetra which is situated on Mount Athos. Here is a photo of the tweet:
This is pretty easy to figure out for those familiar with Brown's The Davinci Code, and if one keeps in mind that this latest release is a sequel to The Davinci Code. I won't rehash the entire story which everyone knows, but Mary Magdalene plays an important role. In fact, in the book she is the wife of Jesus who gives him a bloodline that runs throughout the generations to our very day, and is regarded as the guarded holy grail.
So what is the connection between Simonopetra and Mary Magdalene?
Simonopetra contains one of the most treasured relics in Orthodoxy and one of its most miraculous as well - the incorrupt left hand of Mary Magdalene, who is considered the co-founder of Simonopetra.
I personally don't foresee anything Orthodox have to worry about. It was bound to happen. I wondered when reading his first book why he did not go to Athos, so now with a little internet research he found another location to use to justify his lies.