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Skip the Line: Paris Panthéon
Ranked #53 of 1,108 things to do in Paris
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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
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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“must see in paris”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

beautiful on the outside, beautiful on the inside...did not know of its existence until arriving in Paris...a must see!

Visited February 2013
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“Nice to visit but not a top attraction”
Reviewed September 1, 2013

The Pantheon is a building located in the Latin Quarter. It was originally built as a church dedicated to St. Genevieve but, after many changes, now functions as a secular containing the remains of distinguished French citizens. Among the many include Voltaire, Rousseau, and Victor Hugo. The day we went it was not busy and it was nice to be away from the major tourist bustle. In the main section the architecture is quite magnificent and the art work is being restored. There is scaffolding in many areas.

The lower area includes the Crypt, which is quite a massive area (almost maze like). Quite impressive to see the engineering that went into building all of it underground.

The Pantheon was good to see but in our opinion not a must see attraction especially since it is currently under extensive restoration(it was our 2nd trip to Paris and thus we opted to check it out). The information posted around the entrance indicates the cost and extent of the renovation, and it appears that it will take some time to complete. The scaffolding and other restoration items do take away somewhat from the building's beauty, and we were especially disappointed in not being able to see the Dome.

All of the recent restoration information is in both English and French but it would be helpful if all the historical information included English inside the building.

Visited August 2013
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“Surprising! Rich in history and beautiful.”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

I didn't know much about the Pantheon before going, and found myself enjoying it more than I anticipated. While it is true that all the information inside is in French (and if this is a problem for you, then you are welcome to complain about it - but you are in France), we found that we could easily identify the main points. (and there are many informative iPhone apps to help as well). The upstairs was a church - and a beautiful one at that. Below is a tomb containing a significant number of famous French deceased. Many I wasn't familiar with, but there were a few notables that most would know - including Dumas (Three Musketeers), Hugo (Les Mis and Hunchback of Notre Dame), Curie (nobel prize winner) and Braille (who's name plate in English and in...Braille). Found our time here interesting. It wasn't busy at all, and the crypt is nice and cold (great for a hot summer day). You don't need a huge amount of time (an hour is adequate), and it is included in the museum pass, making it easy and cheap to stop in for a visit.

Visited August 2013
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“Not very interesting if you don't speak/read French”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

Visited here as it was on the Museum pass and thought we may as well but honestly was a waste of time unless you are interested in French history.

The guided tours aren't in English, and all the signage/descriptions are in French.

So we basically we looking at a heaps of tombs.... the paintings on the wall were nice but once again descriptions not in English

This could be much more interesting but it seems it's not really set up for non-french tourists.... it's also out of the way so I wouldn't bother coming here

Visited August 2013
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“Famous names and historical figures hidden inside.”
Reviewed August 25, 2013

Dropped into the Pantheon really by accident after a visit to Luxembourg Gardens a very short stroll away and was more than surprised and pleased. The building is currently undergoing significant restoration work both externally and internally. The work will be ongoing for a considerable time and is soon to be up scaled which will mean the exterior dome will be covered. luckily for us we were able to see the wonderful exterior and most of the interior. The workmanship and stone masonry is exceptional as is the interior art work. For me the biggest plus was the vast crypt where many significant figures from French history are laid to rest. Won't spoil the fun here but there are very notable and famous historical figures interred in the crypt. This is a very worthwhile tourist location when combined with the nearby gardens.

Visited August 2013
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