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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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  • My wife and I visited the Pantheon and enjoyed the experience. I got a kick out of Foucault's pendulum more than anything else in the magnificent building. We both enjoyed seeing the final resting pla...  more »
  • The Pantheon in the Latin quarter (metro Cardinal Lemoine) is an impressive building that recalls the great Greek buildings. It is simply magnificent. In its labyrinthine crypt rests the illustrious personalities of French as Victor Hugo, Voltaire, Rousseau and Marie Curie, including history. Constantly guards the place should draw attention to visitors by the noise that make being a solemn place in which lie the remains of these characters. Inside the building there is art everywhere, as well as the giant and famous pendulum of Foucault, that touched me very much by my training in mathematics and physics. We believe that this is one of the must-see attractions in Paris.
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  • Located just a short ride via taxi from Notre Dame Cathedral, it is well worth the effort. It was on my bucket list so when my group went to NDC, I spent 1 hour at NDC and then went to the Pantheon fo...  more »
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  • A place where great French people are buried and remembered. Tickets are priced at €9. As with every single attraction in Paris, very little exhibits offer explanations in languages other than French. Just get the audio guide if you want to have a meaningful visit. Otherwise, simply enjoy the interior of the pantheon. It is pretty impressive.
  • Definitely worth a visit. The main church is beautiful and rivals most of the other churches in Paris but the crypt is what stole the show for me. Some of the most famous names are buried in the crypt and it is fascinating to see.
  • The Pantheon is grand, well maintained, and keeps the tombs of many famous people in France's history such as Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Victor Hugo and Louis Braille, among others. Would recommend visiting if you are a philosophy/history nerd in Paris
  • A really interesting place with great paintings and decoration. The pendulum clock itself is worth going to see. The crypt was really great with lots of information about the different people. However, they had run out of any English translations and only had the signs written in french. Really great place though.
  • Really beautiful! I wouldn't take small kids. It defiantly something that people should see just to say that you've been. Not sure it's worth the money though.

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