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Pantheon Paris

February 24th, 2009 by paris

Situated in the Latin quarter at the top Montagne Sainte-Genevieve the Pantheon Paris is fine example of neo-classical architecture. The massive portico Corinthian columns admit you to a vast building of great beauty and even greater interest.

Commissioned by Louis XV and completed in 1789, the church that was to be a homage to Sainte Genevieve was turned into a mausoleum by the ruling revolutionary forces, and renamed Pantheon. Many of the greatest French minds have been interred there: Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Emile Zola, Jean Moulin, and Marie Curie among others.

In 1851 physicist Leon Foucault demonstrated the rotation of the Earth with an experiment conducted in the Pantheon Paris. He constructed a 67-meter Foucault’s pendulum beneath the central dome, and it can still be seen there.

It is a treat to visit the Pantheon Paris and walk around the crypt before climbing up the 400 narrow and twisting stairs to the dome. You will be out of breath but the views of Paris from the colonnade around the dome will make it worthwhile.

When the bustle of central Paris gets too much for you the calm, but grandiose, Pantheon Paris will revive your spirits. The streets that surround Pantheon Paris are very attractive and there are some lovely restaurants (bistros, cafes) and bars. Rue Mouffetard has a number of cheap ethnic restaurants.

Opening hours

Summer: 10am – 6pm, Winter: 10am – 5.30pm

Entrance cost

Entrance to the Pantheon Paris costs 8 Euro, and is included in the museum pass.

Under 26 Half price access

How to get there

RER: Luxembourg

Metro: Cardinal Lemoine, Jussieu


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