Church officials in London have barred the producers of The Da Vinci Code from shooting scenes in Westminster Abbey after denouncing the book, which the film will be based on, as "theologically unsound."

Director Ron Howard and his cast have already been given permission to shoot scenes inside Paris, France's Louvre art gallery and England's Lincoln Cathedral, but the doors to the London landmark won't be opened for them.

Dan Brown's controversial book has already been condemned by the Vatican and Anglican Church leaders for distorting the Christian message.

The bestselling mystery novel suggests JESUS was married to biblical prostitute Mary Magdalene and had children with her.

In a statement released by Abbey officials, they maintain, "Although a real page turner, The Da Vinci Code is theologically unsound and we cannot commend or endorse the contentious and wayward religious and historic suggestions made in the book.

"It would therefore be inappropriate to film scenes from the book here."

31/05/2005 21:13