Panthéon

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Originally built as a church dedicated to St. Genevieve and to house her relics, on a design by Jacques-Germain Soufflot, it is now a secular mausoleum containing the remains of distinguished French citizens. Soufflot’s ambition was to outdo the churches of St. Peter´s in Rome and St. Paul’s in London and to accomplished that he was inspired by the Pantheon commissioned by Agrippa in Rome.

An early example of neo-classicism, it is decorated with paintings on canvas illustrating the life of Saint Geneviève and the story of the beginnings of both Christianity and the monarchy in France. Its highlight though, it’s the visit to the crypt, where it’s possible to see the tombs of Voltaire, Rousseau, Alexandre Dumas, Victor Hugo and Marie Curie, among many others who shaped French culture and identity. The permanent exhibition details their lives and work.

Another attraction is the famous Foucault’s Pendulum, constructed in 1851 by the physicist León Foucault to demonstrate the rotation of the Earth.

Contacts & Details

Place du Panthéon 75005 Paris

Sunday:

10:00 – 18:30

Monday:

10:00 – 18:30

Tuesday:

10:00 – 18:30

Wednesday:

10:00 – 18:30

Thursday:

10:00 – 18:30

Friday:

10:00 – 18:30

Saturday:

10:00 – 18:30