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Pantheon
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Ranked #52 of 1,181 things to do in Paris
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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
Reviewed March 22, 2012

The name is the same as the wonderful Pantheon in Rome - but no where nearly as great.

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Reviewed March 13, 2012

The Pantheon costs 8.5 euros. The view from the top of the steps is amazing. In the distance is the Eiffel Tower. One of the main attractions is the Foucault's pendulum which swings from a 220 ft. cable suspended from the ceiling. It is amazing how accurate it keeps time. Visiting the crypt in the lower level is a must. It was incredible to see the tombs of Marie and Pierre Curie, Victor Hugo, Braille, Rosseau, Zola and many other French notable there.

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Reviewed March 13, 2012

Whilst I would not recommend this instead of seeing the Eiffel Tower or the Arc de Triomphe, we thoroughly enjoyed the visit. The interior is a very impressive; the structure is grand, whilst the sculptures and art merit viewing, even for non-art buffs like us. Foucault's Pendulum is worth seeing and the crypt was a great who's who (or more precisely who's no longer who) of France since the revolution. The only downturn of going in March was that we did not get the opportunity to go up to the colonnade around the building's dome, to experience the views of Paris. Seemed to be priced reasonably at 8.5 Euros.

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Reviewed March 11, 2012

The Pantheon is absolutely vast. Airy and cool and not too crowded it costs 8euros 50 which might seem a bit steep but I thought was worth it. Beautiful murals mainly depicting the life of St Genevieve { ( the patron saint of Paris ) whose tomb incidentally can be found in the nearby church of St Etienne du Mont and also an absolutely fabulously intricate rood screen-free entrance } but I digress. In the middle of the Pantheon is an early pendulum which would certainly be of interest to anyone of a scientific bent with a video commentary in both English and French. A superb sculpture by Soufflot is the main feature of the ground floor. Downstairs is an enormous and spacious crypt where dozens of the French great and good are entombed with interesting panels to read on their lives and achievements(sadly only in French).
Well worth a visit

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Reviewed March 8, 2012

Stayed in a hotel across the road loved the history and architecture. The size of these buildings is overwhelming. But breathtakingly beautiful.

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