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Pantheon, Paris

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Pantheon is the secular burial place of many notable people who helped to form the history and identity of France, such as Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Marie Curie. Built from 1764 to 1790, this monument is a masterpiece by the famous architect Soufflot, who built it as a church in dedication to St. Genevieve. This early example of neoclassical architecture has a façade modeled on the Pantheon in Rome, topped by a dome that owes some of its character to Bramante's "Tempietto." From the outside, marvel at the massive portico of Corinthian columns as well as the triple dome. Inside, you can't help but to notice the coffered inner dome covered with an ornately painted fresco by Antoine Gros, called "The Apotheosis of Saint Genevieve." Make Pantheon a part of your Paris vacation plans using our Paris day trip planning app.
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  • Pantheon was not on our priority list before arriving in Paris but this is one of the monuments we liked the most! This is big, both from the outside and from the inside. I suggest to book in advance....  more »
  • Of course I had heard of the Pantheon but never realised the building was so gigantic. Must see. Paintings with Charlemagne, Clovis, Jeanne d Arc, statues and sculptures and the 1789 declaration de...  more »
  • Beautiful, but I don't think it's a must-see. It's an amazing building in any case, worth checking if you are close.  more »
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  • So heart touching! Everything inside takes your breath away. At the entrance you can get audio guide in different languages, which explains the story of everything, starting with pictures on the walls and ending with story of famous people who made this place so special to come nowadays.
  • Truly impressive building. The interior is huge and it's very nicely decorated. In the crypt underneath the Panthéon you can see the tombs of some of the most important people in the history of France, like the Curies, Victor Hugo or Voltaire. The entrance queues are usually quite long, but they move very fast. You can also find audioguides in various languages which explain everything you want to know. Nice visit, i really enjoyed it!
  • Very interesting history here. Surprised to see as much English in the signage as there was given how patriotic the site is. Some heroes of the past for everyone here, like the Curies and Voltaire. And a seriously impressive space that feels like Raphael's School of Athens brought to life.
  • Very famous thinkers, artists, and scientists are laid to rest here. So fascinating to see these names from textbooks in person! But optional if you're not too interested in that.
  • Incredible building. You have to time your visit though because the hours are strange. Be sure you have enough time to wander around and see all the tombs of the famous people. There's a Rick Steve's audio tour of the pantheon that's free to download and is great info so you know what you're looking at. The dome is magnificent! It gets very crowded in there but the lines to enter moves quickly
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