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Pantheon

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Address: Place du Pantheon, 75005 Paris, France
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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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Worth a visit even if you don't get inside

My timing was off and it was closed when I was there. The outside of the building is beautiful and majestic. It was originally built as a church (1758) dedicated to St. Genevieve... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If Saint Denis is the cathedral where French kings were buried, the Pantheon is were the French Republic buries its great people. Most of the graves have panels (both in French and English) retelling the life of the residents. The visit takes about 90 minutes and is a brief reminder of French history. The Foucault pendulum is the largest permanent... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My timing was off and it was closed when I was there. The outside of the building is beautiful and majestic. It was originally built as a church (1758) dedicated to St. Genevieve and to house the reliquary châsse containing her relics but after many changes over the years…it now functions as a secular mausoleum containing the remains of distinguished... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This seems to be an overlooked treasure in Paris, but I rate it highly. The building is quite lovely but the highlight is the inclusion of Faucault's Pendulum which can captivate you for ages. The statuary and murals are lovely, and there are special exhibitions on from time to time. When we visited, there was an av display of French... More 

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A beautiful building in the Latin Quarter that was once a church. The great and the good of France are buried here. We only viewed the outside of the building but it was stunning, particularly when highlighted by the sun. Along the railings are listed the names of various heroes of France. Situated amongst University buildings, this is an ideal... More 

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A must visit if you're in paris. A reminiscent of the roman era and a true piece of art and architecture. Don't miss the eateries nearby.

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Visited while in Paris in September 2013. Filled with statues commemorating the French Revolution. Also, there are tombs of many notable Frenchmen. One is Alexandre Dumas who is famous for the Three Musketeers. Also, Louis Braille who created Braille for those visually impaired. There are others too buried in the basement of the Pantheon. Also beautiful paintings throughout the building... More 

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The pantheon definitely has grandeur to it, with plenty of high vaulted ornate ceilings along with painted murals, which was cool to see, if not somewhat par for the course depending on your travels and tourism. They did have a pretty neat pendulum clock in the center. The best thing about it was the crypt, which contains Rousseau, Marie and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The difference between this Pantheon and the one in Rome is, that in Rome you can enter for free and it looks a little more special. But this one is more modern, more young. We didn't went inside because we didn't wanted to pay. But I imagine it really nice from the inside!

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We visited over the Christmas period, and saw huge and unpleasant queues almost everywhere we went. Not so at the Pantheon. We arrived around 10.30am, there was no queue, and it wasn't crowded inside. It was also good value for money, free entry for children. Access to the dome was not available at this time of year. It is a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Worth visiting this grand monument. Too bad the top of the Pantheon was closed in Winter. Interesting to see the Foucault pendulum which was conceived to prove earth's rotation on its axis. Check out the crypts underneath the Pantheon to pay homage to philosophers, artists and scientists like Madame Currie.

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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.
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