Depository Bank of Zurich Invented for Da Vinci Code

Dan Brown describes the Depository Bank of Zurich as a twenty four hour Geldschrank bank at 24 Rue Haxo in Paris, offering the full modern array of anonymous services in the tradition of the Swiss numbered account. Maintaining offices in Kuala Lumpur, New York and Paris, the bank had expanded its services in recent years to offer anonymous computer source code escrow services and faceless digitized backup.

Header of the Depository Bank of Zurich

The Depository Bank of Zurich is a fictional construction, based loosely on the kinds of services offered by Swiss banks. The bank is said to be “adjacent to the Roland Garros tennis stadium,” which is in the park’s southern section. The real-life rue Haxo is on the eastern edge of Paris near the Cimetière du Pére-Lachaise.

Randomhouse, Dan Brown’s publisher, has established a web site dedicated to the fictional bank: www.depositorybankofzurich.com, complete with a message from the Bank President, Andre Vernet:

The Paris Branch of the Zurich Depository Corp services customers from all over the world. Our discreet staff is accessible around the clock to attend to all of your anonymous depository and banking needs. No matter what asset you have on deposit with us, your trust is our greatest treasure.

The site was put together for a quest promoting the book in 2004. Visitors to the site are invited to log in. You can access Marie Denarnaud’s account by entering her name: “Marie Denarnaud”. When asked to enter Marie’s account number, you can click on the link that reads, “”Forget your account number?”. The code comes from chapter 44 in The Da Vinci Code – the Fibonacci sequence:
1123581321.

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