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Pantheon

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Address: Place du Pantheon, 75005 Paris, France
Phone Number: +33 01 44 32 18 00
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: With the Pantheon, architect Jacques-Germain Soufflot met Louis XV’s wish...
With the Pantheon, architect Jacques-Germain Soufflot met Louis XV’s wish to glorify the monarchy in the form of a church dedicated to Saint Geneviève, the patron saint of Paris. The edifice was deconsecrated during the Revolution in 1791 and renamed the Pantheon. During the turbulent years of the 19th century, as regimes changed, it alternated in its role as a religious and patriotic monument. Since 1885, the year of Victor Hugo’s death and burial in the Pantheon, it has been the last resting place for the great writers, scientists, generals, churchmen and politicians who have made the history of France. The crypt houses the tombs of more than 70 illustrious figures including Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile Zola, Alexandre Dumas, Pierre and Marie Curie etc.Open:> 1st April to 30th September: from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.> 1st October to 31st March: from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Last admission 45 minutes before closing time. Closed:> 1st January, 1st May and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 8,5€; Concessions (18 to 25) = 5,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
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We have visited the Pantheon in Rome so while in Paris decided to visit the same. Although not as historic as Rome's it is a commanding structure with plenty of seating and a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We have visited the Pantheon in Rome so while in Paris decided to visit the same. Although not as historic as Rome's it is a commanding structure with plenty of seating and a large crypt that houses many notable French contributors of all disciplines.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Finally saw the inside of the Pantheon after finding it closed on a previous trip to Paris. The architecture was amazing and going down into the Crypt was fascinating. The only problem I found, was all the information about who was buried there was in French, which left me unable to find out what some of the people had done.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Beautiful structure with the tombs of some of the greatest people who helped build Paris. Take in the interior of the dome from the main level and head downstairs to see the tombs of some of the greatest people in the history of France. We spent maybe 30 mins here and used our very helpful Museum pass for the small... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW via mobile

Huge. Awe inspiring. Historical. Crypts are amazing...Voltaire, Victor Hugo among others. Excellent additional display about the french resistance was on display when I visited. Murals were huge, ceiling stunning. Dont miss this. Stairs down to the crypts only.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This building is very beautiful with interesting history. However, there are only audio tours in French, so all you Anglophones make sure you do your research ahead of time so you know what it's all about. It is a really important patriotic site for the French. It houses several famous French men inside their crypt. There are lots of stairs... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The building and crypt are not really that beautiful or fascinating regarding the architecture, but is is French history which makes this a must-see place. It is a bit like time travel when you encounter the graves of famous politicians, authors and scientists who not jus contributed to French, but often to Eurpean or world history. One negative remark :... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Went there not knowing what to expect and we were pleasantly surprised. It was amazing on the inside and the cool air was refreshing on a hot day in Paris. Don't skip the Crypts in the basement where you can see the resting places of Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Émile Zola, Jean Moulin, Louis Braille, Jean Jaurès and Soufflot, its... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

A copy of the original Pantheon it's not, but let that not detract from the enjoyment of your visit, it still is an exemplary piece of architecture in the ancient style, an inner space of light and sculpture. Go visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW via mobile

Interesting cathedral, impressive and obviously the highlight is the crypte with the tombs of all these important french people. However I found it really annoying that 95% of the information in the crypte are only available in french. Major disadvantage. Also, if a non-french don't expect to know many of the buried people.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

Although we enjoyed our visit from an architectural and historical viewpoint, we were disappointed to find out that Foucault's pendulum was temporarily closed/area under renovation. When we called for information, we were told we could take great panoramic pictures of Paris with no mention of the whole upper level being under renovation and therefore closed to public.

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