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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." To visit Pantheon and other attractions in Paris, use our Paris travel itinerary planner.
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  • One of those great places that flooded Paris. Special. It is architecturally beautiful, its beautiful floor, sheltering under its dome the Foucault pendulum, and in the basement we find the tombs of notables such as Marie Curie, Rousseau, Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas...
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  • Decided to visit because it was within walking distance of our hotel and we had visited the Pantheon in Rome so we wanted to do comparisons. It was worth the visit. While not quite as ornate as Rome, ...  read more »
  • If you are interested in visiting the tombs of Victor Hugo , Alexander Dumas, Voltaire, Ruseau, Emile Zola along with Nobel Prize Winners in Physics and Chemistry ( Piere and Marie Curie ), you must v...  read more »
  • Really cool atmosphere and impressive building. But as always in France don't expect to understand anything if your not French. However they do now how to get paid, except for the artwork that's what you'll remember.
  • Stunning building in the heart of the Latin Quarter. It's set on a beautiful square. If you're in to city walks, it's definitely a great stop on your tour. Also, the neighborhood on which it borders has fantastic restaurants and picturesque streets.
  • I was not sure what the Pantheon was, and found out it is where the French have tombs for major french heroes and heroines (e.g. Marie Curie). It is truly amazing and sobering at the same time. I would strongly encourage everyone go. Do not miss going below into the crypt!
  • On the top of Montagne Sainte-Geneviève stands the Pantheon, a temple dedicated to the greatest intellectuals of France. It’s a mausoleum to notable French citizens including Victor Hugo of “Notre-Dame”, Louis Braille and Alexandre Dumas, author of the well-loved “The Three Musketeers”. Yes, the Pantheon has similarities to the Pantheon in Rome, that its facade was inspired by the Roman original. The face on the Pantheon depicts and interesting imagery of laurels (essentially recognition of achievements). On the left, the laurels are given to intellectuals, philosophers, religious scholars and on the right are given to military men. The streets and lanes surrounding the Pantheon is actually an excellent spot for photos for those more inclined to take selfies and the likes. The funny thing is, this place tends to get the skip by tourists, so when I was here late in the afternoon it was virtually empty as the University wasn't in session.
  • Cool construction, has an opening in the middle of the roof for water to come through. And all the greats are buried here, definately worth a visit
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