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Pantheon, Paris

Monument · Hidden Gem · Church
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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  • This is a beautiful building that was used as a church, then secular, then a church, but now the resting place of France's heroes. Come and choose your hero and pay homage. Mine in Jean Jaures, or.....  more »
  • SKIP the Pantheon altogether !!! Everyone we met during our Paris visit was warm, welcoming and accommodating, EXCEPT at the Pantheon. As we purchased our tickets (27.00 US for 2) we mentioned...  more »
  • The pantheon is effectively a church/mausoleum. It is the final resting place of many notable figures in French history and I was impressed by its dome and extensive artwork. The pantheon is...  more »
  • 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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