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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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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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I just didn't realise what this was

We went as we had a few hours to kill before our train to the airport. Gosh glad we did. Its like the biggest cathedral yet its not. Its more of a church of the state, full of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

We went as we had a few hours to kill before our train to the airport. Gosh glad we did. Its like the biggest cathedral yet its not. Its more of a church of the state, full of crypts for the most beloved french people over the centuries. Although being renovated this did impose on the spectacle. We ventured down... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We went here to see Foucault's pendulum, which unfortunately wasn't there, because it's away being renovated. However, despite this, I still think it's worth five stars, because it is absolutely stunning and because of some of the historic factors explained within it are very moving. The crypts containing many of France's most treasured sons and daughters (Victor Hugo, Marie Curie,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The Pantheon is the unique setting in Paris where political and cultural luminaries have been laid to rest. The upper space is spectacular in the old world sense - gigantic paintings, mostly depicting St. Genevieve, patron saint of Paris. The lower space, the Crypt, is where the remains of historical figures such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Jean Jaures, Marie Curie, etc... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I've been to Paris a few times and already done the main tourist attractions, so we decided to visit the Pantheon. It was really worth while with lots of interesting history. Well worth it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The interior was outstanding and the sheer size and decor of the building sets it apart and makes it special, however, it seemed very empty - a big space, for not that much interest. Foucault's pendulum was being renovated (and will be for the next 3 years...) and that's the only reason we had visited in the first place. However,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

It's a bit out of the way from the main Paris attractions so you may be tempted not to visit - that would be a mistake. This is a must-see. A largely secular cathedral celebrating the great and good of France, where you can visit the tombs of Hugo, Voltaire, Rousseau, Dumas, the Curies, Louis Braille and many more, as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Beautiful building, which was partly under restauration when we visited. A free pamphlet in English with the history of the building and a guide to the paintings and the crypt was very nice. Very cool to see the resting place of so many great French women and men. The history of the church itself was also very interesting!

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Ville D'Avray, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

This awesome buidling is the epitome of French history going back to the beginnings of the country and Clovis the 1st. It is a place where France reveres its extraordinary citizens, housing the remains of the Curies, Voltaire, Hugo and Braille. We visited in February and were glad to have our jackets...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

This is a cavernous place paying tribute to the huge personalities of France's past. The architecture alone is worth a visit, but when one stands and thinks that you are next to, for example, Victor Hugo's final resting place, well that is something that gives pause for thought.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

this amazing building has lots to say, you can go all the way on the top and has 360 degree view. so nice, also you can see Victor Hugo, Alexander Duma, Marie and Pierre Curie tomb, etc. amazing sculptures, must see. unfortunately I could not go on the top because of the renovation, check before you go.

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