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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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Review of the Pantheon by John Sanderson

This is an iconic monument and the resting place of many greats including Voltaire, Victor Hugo and Marie Curie. A remarkable exhibit is Foucault's pendulum hanging from the dome... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015 NEW

This is an iconic monument and the resting place of many greats including Voltaire, Victor Hugo and Marie Curie. A remarkable exhibit is Foucault's pendulum hanging from the dome and permanently swings slowly and proves the earth rotates on an axis. In fact, while appearing to swing, the pendulum is not moving - the earth is! Take Metro Line 10... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

This was a great place to come. I hadn't really heard of it, but my son wanted to come as it is in a video game he plays!! I am very glad we did. Very impressive structure, unfortunately the dome is not visible as it is undergoing renovation, but the interior is fabulous. It is a shame that the original... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

I do not understand why this doesn't rank higher in attractions for Paris. This building is extremely large, detailed, and beautiful. It houses many famous French people in the crypt below (which I recommend seeing.) Easy to stop by for a visit while in the Latin Quarter and probably what I would say as one of the best sights in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

This is really worth a visit - it's really shivery to stand by the tomb of Victor Hugo and Marie Curie. I didn't like the pictures of the modern Parisians they had seemingly pasted onto the roof of the building and the exhibition that looked really interesting but had no signs written in English. However, it's a truly staggering building.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Was still open for entry but outside was under heavy construction. A bit disappointing. Easy to get to from Luxumbourg Metro train and bus stations.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

We have been to Paris many times and love the City, but this was our first visit to this most imposing building just up and behind the Sorbonne. The main purpose for our visit was to see the resting place of some vey famous people, whose graves are in the massive crypt. Here you will see the graves of Victor... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I got to the Pantheon when it was starting to get dark. Just right outside is a beautiful fountain that was a great place to take a picture of, because you can get the Pantheon right in the background.This area was extremely crowded. Entry is free and the main beauty for me, was right in the middle of the ceiling... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

The building itself has gone through different incarnations. Originally built as a church it is now a burial site for renowned French persons. The interior on the main floor is beautiful, the underground houses the crypts.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I was so excited to see it but after rushing about trying to get there, we missed the last entry by ten minutes! It was our last night in Paris so I was hoping we'd have time to see it, but maybe next time. The exterior was very impressive though and worth the journey just to see it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

It is interesting to see this building, and it is close to the Sorbonne and in a safe area. But it is a tomb, and in that context a cemetery.

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Staying in Quartier Latin

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Quartier Latin
The Latin Quarter bursts with intellectual life, architectural splendor and ongoing merriment. The small streets are filled with classical buildings, student bars and lively eateries while the squares are dominated by historic monuments. The area is defined by the 800-year-old Sorbonne University, where Latin once prevailed, and is famous for the Pantheon which celebrates the great men and women of France. During the day students rush from classes to the library and intellectuals people watch from the terraced cafés. As night time falls the surrounding establishments fill up and the merriment really begins. The liveliest parts are around Rue Mouffetard, lined with crêperies and international street food eateries, and Place de la Contrescarpe characterised by terraced brasseries, this neighborhood provides real nourishment for the mind, belly, and soul.