Panthéon Place du Panthéon
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The Panthéon is a building in the Latin Quarter in Paris, France. It was originally built as a church dedicated to St. Genevieve and to house the reliquary châsse containing her relics but, after many changes, now functions as a secular mausoleum containing the remains of distinguished French citizens. It is an early example of neo-classicism, with a façade modelled on the Pantheon in Rome, surmounted by a dome that owes some of its character to Bramante’s Tempietto. Located in the 5th arrondissement on the Montagne Sainte-Geneviève, the Panthéon looks out over all of Paris. Designer Jacques-Germain Soufflot had the intention of combining the lightness and brightness of the Gothic cathedral with classical principles, but its role as a mausoleum required the great Gothic windows to be blocked.
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Looking for the best Paris attractions? The Pantheon is surely one of them! Don’t be mistaken with the Pantheon in Rome, we are talking about the Paris Pantheon here – located in the Latin Quarter of Paris and a short walk from the Jardin du Luxemburg.
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This one time church now functions as a secular mausoleum, housing the remains of some of the most distinguished French citizens including Victor Hugo and Marie Curie. But it’s not only what’s located underneath the Pantheon that makes it a must-visit attraction… The 360 degree panoramic views of the city are some of the best in all of Paris, and with shorter waiting times than that of the Eiffel Tower visiting the Pantheon can save you valuable time if you’re on a tight schedule.
King Louis XV vowed to build a church dedicated to Sainte-Genevieve, patroness of Paris, when he was diagnosed with a serious illness in 1744. The Marquis of Marigny was trusted with the construction of the Church and was to replace the 6th century basilica, then known as the Abbey of Sainte-Genevieve. The construction began in 1757 and due to insufficient funds it stalled for quite a few years until Guillaume Rondelet took charge of the project and completed it in 1791, in the midst of the French Revolution.
In 1851, the Paris Pantheon was also the place where the astronomer Jean Bernard Léon Foucault first held his experiment which tried to prove that the world spins on its axis. If you decide to climb to the top where the colonnade overlooks the city, you will need to be accompanied by a guide, free of charge. This can only be done at regular hours.
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