Assassin's Creed is an acclaimed video game series by Ubisoft. The original game was launched in 2007, and followed up by many sequels and spin-offs in other media.
Each game takes place in a historical setting, such as the Crusades, Renaissance Italy, the American Revolution, the age of Caribbean piracy, the French Revolution, and Victorian Britain. The game features many authentic buildings and landmarks; and while the settings are not completely realistic, and the surroundings often have changed from each game's setting date to present day, many of the in-game environments can be visited in real life.
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The frame story of Assassin's Creed takes place in the early 21st century, describing the climax of a millennial conflict between the Assassins and the Templars. Through revival of genetic memories through a device called the Animus, the player character experiences a selected ancestor's life centuries ago.
The first game, named Assassin's Creed, takes place in the Holy Land during the Crusades. The player character is Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, living through the memories of 21st century assassin Desmond Miles.
Assassin's Creed II and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood take place in Renaissance Italy. The player character is Ezio Auditore; a banker's son who sees his family executed by a Templar conspiracy represented by the Borgia family. His uncle trains him to become an Assassin to avenge his family and join the battle against the Templars.
Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines mostly takes place in Cyprus.
Assassin's Creed II: Discovery takes place in Spain.
Assassin's Creed: Revelations mostly takes place in Istanbul, concluding Ezio Auditore's storyline.
Assassin's Creed: Black Flag mostly takes place in the Caribbean during The Golden Age of Piracy.
Assassin's Creed: Unity takes place in Revolutionary Paris.
Assassin's Creed: Syndicate mainly takes place in Victorian London.
Assassin's Creed: Odyssey turns back time to Ancient Greece.
All destinations are listed in chronological order.
Assassin's Creed: Origins is set in north-eastern Africa. Location order and landmarks are currently speculative.
- 9 Masyaf, Syria. Assassin's Creed starts and ends in Masyaf. It is also a central plot point for Assassin's Creed: Revelations.
- 4 Masyaf Castle (Arabic: قلعة مصياف). The headquarters of the Levantine Assassins until it was besieged by the Mongols.
- 10 Damascus, Syria. Altaïr was sent to Damascus to kill the first three targets.
- 11 Jerusalem, Israel. Altaïr was sent to Jerusalem to kill three targets.
- 12 Acre (Akko), Israel. The last city Altaïr is sent to. Also the starting point of Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines.
- 13 Arsuf, Israel. Also known as Arsu or Apollonia, this was battleground where Altaïr finally confronted his last target; Robert de Sable.
- 13 Apollonia-Arsuf.
- 14 Istanbul (Constantinople), Turkey. Assassin's Creed: Revelations both starts and is mostly set in Istanbul.
- 14 Galata Tower. Masyaf key location.
- 15 Topkapı Palace.
- 16 Zeyrek Mosque.
- 17 Bodrum Mosque.
- 18 Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya), Ayasofya Meydanı (By tram T1: Sultanahmet), ☎ . Daily 09:00-19:00. Former mosque at the time of Assassin's Creed: Revelations, now a museum. While Ezio couldn't go inside the mosque, the player would be rewarded for climbing the monument in under 25 seconds (Spider Assassin trophy/achievement). 40 TL.
- As of October 2017, there is extensive renovation work occurring inside the building, with scaffolding filling much of the north side of the interior. Outside temporary barriers stopping access to the north side of the building.
- 19 Maiden's Tower. Masyaf key location.
- 20 Arap Camii (Galata Camii, San Paolo, San Domenico), Galata Mahkemesi Sokak. The building was erected as a Roman Catholic church in 1325 by the friars of the Dominican Order, near or above an earlier chapel dedicated to Saint Paul (Italian: San Paolo) in 1233. In 1299, the Dominican Friar Guillaume Bernard de Sévérac bought a house near the church, where he established a monastery with 12 friars. A new, much larger church was built near or above the chapel of San Paolo in 1325. Thereafter the church was officially dedicated to San Domenico. After the Fall of Constantinople, according to the Capitulations of the Ottoman Empire with the Republic of Genoa, the church, which by that time was known by the Turks under the name of Mesa Domenico, remained in Genoese hands, but between 1475 and 1478 it was transformed, with minor modifications, into a mosque by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II and became known as Galata Camii ("Galata Mosque") or Cami-i Kebir ("Great Mosque"). Towards the end of the century Sultan Bayezid II assigned the building to those Muslims of Spain (Andalusia) who had fled the Spanish Inquisition and migrated to Istanbul; hence the present name Arap Camii (Arab Mosque). Today, Arap Camii is the largest mosque on the Galata side of the Golden Horn. It is one of the most interesting mosques in the city due to its early Italian Gothic architectural style and church belfry, which has practically remained unaltered even after being converted into a minaret.
- 15 Derinkuyu, Cappadocia, Turkey. The underground city Derinkyu was in Cappadocia. Ezio went here to find the last of the Masyaf keys. In real life the remains of the city are visit-able.
- 21 Derinkyu underground city (Cappadocian Greek: Μαλακοπή).
- 16 Limassol (Greek: Λεμεσός, Turkish: Leymosun), Cyprus. Limassol was Altaïr's entrypoint to Cyprus in Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines.
- 22 Limassol Castle.
- 17 Kyrenia (Greek: Κερύνεια, Turkish: Girne), Cyprus.
- 18 Florence (Firenze), Tuscany, Italy. Assassin's Creed II starts in Florence. Many of the city's landmarks were present in the game with the notable exception of The Baptistry (Battistero di San Giovanni) for technical reasons.
- 26 Santa Maria del Fiore. Also known as the Duomo di Firenze is the city's beautiful Gothic cathedral, the symbol of the city. In the game, the interior of the cathedral is a side-quest to find an assassin's tomb with the key to Altaïr's armor.
- 27 Campanile di Giotto (Giotto's Tower). Adjacent to the Duomo, you can climb the tower for a magnificent 360-degree view of the Duomo, Florence, and the surrounding area. It requires some tenacity to climb the 414 steps.
- 28 Palazzo Pitti (Pitti Palace). The former Medici family palace contains galleries of their art and treasures. It was notably the residence of Francisco Savonarola when he used the Apple of Eden to influence Florentines into the Bonfire of the Vanities. 6.5€.
- 29 Palazzo Vecchio (Old Palace). Where Francisco Savonarola was burned by a Florentine mob after Ezio's interference. 10€.
- 30 Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge). The oldest and most famous bridge over the Arno; the only Florentine bridge to survive WW2.
- 19 Monteriggioni, Tuscany, Italy. The home of Auditore family which Ezio goes back to, upon exile from Florence. The town is eventually besieged and abandoned by the Assassins. The Auditore Villa has no real-life counterpart inside the town, but most of the town has been modeled faithfully into the game.
- Wall walkways. For a small fee, the town allows tourists to walk around a small portion of the town's perimeter wall and gaze at the Tuscan countryside. €3.
- 31 Chiesa di Santa Maria (Church of St Mary), Piazza Roma, 23, ☎ . The town's church is modeled almost identically to its real life counterpart.
- 32 Monteriggioni in Arme (Armour Museum), Via I Maggio, 1. Small museum dedicated to medieval weaponry. It resembles the armoury that Ezio assembled throughout Assassin's Creed: II The ticket can be used on both the walkway and the museum, providing good value. €3.
- 20 San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy. In Assassin's Creed II, Ezio is sent to San Gimignano to quell the Pazzi Conspiracy to remove the Medicis from power. The most familiar site here are the 14 towers (originally 72 in real-life).
- 33 Torre Grossa (Big Tower), Piazza Duomo, 2. At 200 feet (61 metres) tall, it's the city's largest tower. Ezio explored Torra Grossa to find the Assassin's Tomb of Wei Yu. You can ascend the interior to a stunning view.
- 34 Santa Maria Assunta.
- 35 Torre del Diavolo (Tower of the Devil).
- 36 Torre dei Salvucci (Two Towers).
- 21 Forlì, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. Ezio arrives at Forlì to seek passage to Venice. He later helps Countess Sforza deal with the Orsi brothers in The Battle of Forlì.
- 22 Venice (Venezia), Veneto, Italy. Assassin's Creed II has much of its story in Venice.
- 40 Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace), Piazetta San Marco 1 (San Marco Square) (sestiere: San Marco; vaporetto line 1 or 2 to San Marco), ☎ . Nov to Mar 08:30 to 17:30, Apr to Oct 08:30 to 19:00, closed Jan 1 and Dec 25. The Doge's Palace plays an important role in the game as Ezio tries to prevent the assassination of the Doge by the Templars. Adults €20, reduced €14.
- 41 Basilica di San Marco (St Mark's Basilica).
- 42 Arsenale di Venezia (Venetian Arsenal).
- 26 Rome and Vatican City (Roma e Città del Vaticano), Lazio, Italy. The finale of Assassin's Creed II, as well as most of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, takes place in Rome and Vatican City.
- 43 Cappella Sistina (Sistine Chapel). Ezio finally confronts Rodrigo Borgia here at the end of Assassin's Creed: II. Serves as the first location in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.
- 44 Castel Sant'Angelo (Castle of the Holy Angel). The main stronghold of the Borgia family. Ezio infiltrates the papal castle multiple times to rescue Caterina Sforza and assassinate Rodrigo and Cesare Borgia.
- 45 Basilica Sancti Petri (St. Peter's Basilica).
- 46 [dead link] Pantheon. Ezio purchases the landmark as part of rebuilding Rome. He also climbs into the Pantheon via the roof then descends into it to kill a guard captain to find his target The Banker.
- 47 Mausoleo di Augusto (Mausoleum of Augustus).
- 48 Colonna Traiana (Trajan's Column). A landmark that Ezio can climb up to and perch on top of due to the replacement statue not being added until 1587. Aside from that he has no other interaction with the monument. Interestingly the Assassin's Creed logo is written in Trajan, a typeface based off and named after the inscriptions written on Trajan's Column.
- 49 Arco di Constantine (Arch of Constantine).
- 50 Arco di Settimio Severo (Arch of Septimius Severus).
- 51 Arco di Tito (Arch of Titus).
- 52 Colosseum, Piazzale del Colosseo / Via dei Fori Imperiali, ☎ . open daily, last Sunday of October-February 15 8:30AM-4:30PM, February 16-March 15 8:30AM-5PM, March 16-last Sunday of March 8:30AM-5:30PM, last Sunday of March-August 31 8:30AM-7:15PM, September 1-September 30 8:30AM-7PM, 1 October to last Sunday of October 8:30AM-6:30PM. Known properly as the Flavian Amphitheatre, this most famous of Roman landmarks takes its name from the giant statue of the emperor Nero that once stood near this location. The location serves as a purchasable property in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and later shown to house an important vault beneath it. Admission €12; €7 EU citizens ages 18-25, free for visitors under 18. You can purchase tickets in advance online from the official ticket office, which costs an additional €2 booking fee. The tickets include access to the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, and are valid for 2 days. Free entry on the first Sunday of the month (no reservation possible).
- 53 Basicila Guila (Basilica Julia).
- 54 Castel Sant'Angelo (Holy Angel's Castle).
- 27 Alban Hills (Colli Albani), Lazio, Italy. Ezio goes to the Alban Hills to sabotage Cesare Borgia's machine gun carriages.
- 28 Valnerina, Lazio, Marche, Umbria. Ezio goes to Valnerina to sabotage Cesare Borgia's bomber gliders.
- 30 Naples (Napoli), Campania, Italy. Ezio travels to Naples to destroy the Leonardo Da Vinci's navel cannon and the Borgia fleet. He works his way to the Gulf of Naples (Golfo di Napoli) via a river.
- 32 Delizia di Belriguardo (Delight of Belriguardo), Emilia-Romagna. Ezio goes to Delizia di Belriguardo to find Leonardo Da Vinci's Annunciation painting. The palace is home to Lucrezia Borgia and her husband Alfonso d'Este, the Duke of Ferrara. According to Assassin's Creed lore the palace is a ruin by 2012. However in real life, the building is intact and apparently houses the Civic Museum of Belriguardo.
- 33 London, England. London makes a cameo appearance in Assassin's Creed: Black Flag, a small appearance in Assassin's Creed III and then is the main location for Assassin's Creed: Syndicate.
- 55 Theatre Royal (Royal Opera House), Catherine St, WC2B 5JF, ☎ . The Theatre Royal is the last location in Assassin's Creed: Black Flag, then the first location in Assassin's Creed III. Haythem Kenway used the performance of The Beggar's Opera to assassinate a member of the Assassin Brotherhood and obtain a key to a vault in the New World. Strangely, it is absent from Assassin's Creed: Syndicate.
- 56 Buckingham Palace, Westminster, SW1A 1AA, ☎ . Residence of King George III at the time of Assassin's Creed III, Queen Victoria at the time of Assassin's Creed: Syndicate and currently Queen Elizabeth II.
- 57 London Bridge.
- 58 St. Paul's Cathedral.
- 59 Temple Church.
- 60 Tower Bridge.
- 61 Tower of London.
- 62 Trafalgar Square.
- 63 Westminster Abbey.
- 34 Paris, France. Paris is the main location in Assassin's Creed: Unity. Many of the usual landmarks (such as the Eiffel Tower and Sacré-Cœur) were not built in the time of the French Revolution.
- 35 Havana (La Habana), Cuba. Havana is the first city Edward Kenway visits in Assassin's Creed: Black Flag.
- 36 Abacos, Bahamas. Edward sails here to look for supplies after betraying the Templars and forming his own pirate crew.
- 37 Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas. Edward sails here after resupplying at the Abacos.
- 38 Great Inagua, Bahamas. Edward follows a Spanish galleon to Great Inagua, he works his way north while trying not to get detected by Spanish soldiers and kills Du Casse. He and has crew then setup a hideout in the area.
- 39 Tulum (Tulu'um), Quintana Roo, Mexico. Edward sails to Tulum's ruins at the behest of James Kidd claiming it has something of importance to show.
- 77 Tulum Archaeological Site (Zona Arqueologíca de Tulum). Edward finds the Mayan armour after acquiring all the Mayan stelae.
- 40 Kingston, Jamaica.
- 78 Rose Hall, Montego Bay. Inspiration for Laurens Prins' manor.
- 41 Charleston, South Carolina, USA. Edward sails through the bayous of Charles-Towne to obtain the medicines for Blackbeard.
- 42 Isla de Providencia (Old Providence), Colombian Islands. Edward and fellow pirate captain Charles Vane get marooned here after Jack Rackham betrays them.
- 43 Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Adéwalé gets shipwrecked here in Assassin's Creed IV: Freedom Cry and builds his slave rebellion.
- 44 Tortuga, Haiti. Adéwalé frees slaves from a plantation on Tortuga in Assassin's Creed IV: Freedom Cry.
- Long Bay, Jamaica. Edward sails to Long Bay to find The Observatory.
- 46 Serranilla (Isla Serranilla). Edward assaults the fort there and claims it for the pirates.
- 55 Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Most of Assassin's Creed III is set in Boston.
- 79 Green Dragon Tavern, 11 Marshall St, ☎ . 11:00am-2:00am. The original Green Dragon Tavern was used as meeting place for both the Templars and then the Assassins. It was also the location where Paul Revere overheard the British plans and proceeded to warn of their arrival.
- 80 Old State House.
- 81 Old North Church.
- 82 Old South Meeting House.
- 83 King's Chapel.
- 84 Faneuil Hall.
- 85 Fort Independence. Connor assaulted the fort and took it from the Redcoats.
- 56 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Connor witnesses the signing of the Declaration of Independence (note that Philadelphia isn't a playable city in Assassin's Creed III).
- 58 Little Brewster Island, Massachusetts, USA.
- 87 Boston Light. Boston Light was a lighthouse in the frontier area of Assassin's Creed III.
- 60 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
- 88 Fort Duquesne. Fort Duquesne was a fort in the frontier area in Assassin's Creed III.
- 61 Johnstown, New York, USA. Johnstown was a town in the frontier area of Assassin's Creed III.
- 62 Lexington, Massachusetts, USA. Concord was a town in the frontier area of Assassin's Creed III. Connor assists Paul Revere in warning of the British's arrival.
- 63 Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, USA. Connor travels to Martha's Vineyard on the Assassin ship The Aquila to find his nemesis Charles Lee.
- 64 Oak Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. Connor travels to Oak Island to uncover Captain Kidd's treasure.
- 65 New York, New York, USA.