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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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  • It doesn't but it is huge... I did not inside but outside is superb... It's worth the Bodys ;-)
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  • This Pantheon is different from the one in Rome we saw. It’s more colorful and full of paintings. There was no line so we could go inside right away. It’s a walking distance from Notre-Dame so I sugge...  more »
  • We decided to add this for our Paris tour near the end and glad we did. Although this is officially a Church, it really is more of a museum with lots of important people buried here. Madame Curie and ...  more »
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  • This is one of the many beautiful architectural structures of this very old city. It made me wonder how they were able to build these wonderful buildings that long ago. I won't be able forget my time here.
  • The final burial sites for heroes/heroines, public servants and public figures who have made significant contribution to France and the French society. Amazing architecture! No word to describe the dome. The subterranean crypt (the actual burial site) underneath was out of this world (no pun intended). Many famous people (including scientists) are buried there: Pierre and Marie Curie, Louis Braille (of the Braille code), Carnot brothers (of the Carnot cycle). A hidden gem of Paris. Totally worth visiting.
  • Beyond stupendous. One of the largest concrete domes constructed more than 2000 years ago and still totally intact. Check out the hole in the roof which showcases the sky. A world class piece of architecture!
  • Every time, I look at it, or pass by this, I am filled with admiration for architecture, for the scientific experiment that was carried out inside to show the rotation of the Earth. A must must visit if you love science. The building has been renovated and cleaned recently and it looks very beautiful now.
  • Probably one of my favourite spots in Paris. This wasn't on our bucket list but we took a short detour and ended up going inside. Large paintings scale the inner walls and the pendulum is located at the center of the first floor. Underground are the resting places of many famous French figures including Marie and Pierre Curie, Voltaire, Dumas and Victor Hugo. From revolutionary republicans to French resistance members, you really get a sense of the transition to the French Republic, to secular society in France and the fight against Fascism in the early-mid 20th century.
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