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“A Hidden Gem of Paris!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Pantheon

Place du Pantheon, 75005 Paris, France (Quartier Latin)
+33 01 44 32 18 00
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Owner description: 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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“A Hidden Gem of Paris!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

We could not believe that this site is not as famous as some of the others (like Notre Dame) in Paris. Unlike the Pantheon in Rome, this building has more rooms and is much bigger. It feels more like St. Peter's Basilica (and there's a sign saying the Basilica was the inspiration).
The building itself is huge. Just enormous. There are beautiful paintings on the walls, and there is an awesome pendulum clock (Foucault Pendulum) in the center of the building that uses the rotation of the earth to keep time (which since I am studying physics at a university found fascinating).
The catacombs below were great to see, too. Many famous French people are buried there, like Voltair and Rousseau and Victor Hugo.
Do note that one cannot climb to the top of the Pantheon until April (closed at least from Jan-Feb, not sure about months like Nov and Dec). A sign also said that one can only go up with a guided tour, so do keep that in mind if you wish to go up.

Visited February 2013
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“Massive columns!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013 via mobile

Every time I go back to Paris, I always make time to see the Pantheon. I am drawn to it's architecture and history. All the great minds of science, literature and politics are buried in this massive mausoleum. (The pendulum that is suspended in the interior dome is mesmerizing)
The crypt is impressive, it has a different ambiance. I truly enjoy my visit here.

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“A major piece of Parisien history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

The whole family loves history and this is one of the must see attractions in Paris. Well worth a visit!

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“Rich in French History, Crypts containing the most important cultural icons of France”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

This place was relatively close to our hotel on Rue Mouffetard in the Latin Quarter. This massive structure was a landmark for getting us back to the hotel. It also happened to be the first cultural site we visited in town after a dissapointing trek to the Catacombs and the Monparnasse Cemetery only to find out they were both closed because of the weather. Also the Montparansse tower was closed due to bad weather.

The Pantheon however was an excellent site featuring the crypts of Madame Curie and her husband, Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo and other French historical figures. Unfortunately, Napoleons tomb is not here, he's got his own shrine dedicated to him, but this is a must see.

Visited January 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

It is really something to see Pantheon. We visited it in the beginning of February 2013 and it was almost empty, so you could feel the silence and inchale the place. I could spend hours observing Foucault pendulum swinging back and forth. Also it was quite humbling to see the Marie-Curie's place of rest.

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