Built between 1764 and 1790, this impressive building was commissioned by King Louis XV in honor of Saint-Genevieve, the patron saint of Paris, who had cured him from a mysterious illness. The Pantheon was completed just before the French Revolution, when it was changed from a church to a secular mausoleum for great men of France. Today, visitors admire this early example of Neoclassical architecture, the resting place of famous writers and philosophers such as Emile Zola, Victor Hugo, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Voltaire, the scientists Pierre and Marie Curie, and Andre Malraux, a minister under Charles de Gaulle. The architecture of the facade is recognizably inspired by the Roman Panthéon. The dome, 83 meters high (272 feet), resembles the dome of the St. Paul's Cathedral in London and that of the chapel at Invalides, also in Paris. The monument, dedicated to Diderot, located right outside of the crypt is particularly striking, decorated by magnificent frescoes of Saint-Genevieve.
- Open Hours: Apr to Sep - Monday to Sunday from 10:00 AM to 06:30 PM, Oct to Mar - Monday to Sunday from 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Attractions & Landmarks
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- Nearest Train: Cardinal Lemoine