The Pantheon in Paris (Le Pantheon), was built as a result of King Louis XV’s determination to create an edifice to the glory of St-Genèvieve, the patron saint of Paris.
“The Pantheon” means “Every God” and construction began in 1758 with the intention that the building be a church. However, it was completed just before the French Revolution in 1789 and the revolutionary government converted The Pantheon into a mausoleum for the interment of great Frenchmen.
The Pantheon’s crypt is now the burial place of many French icons and bears the inscription ‘Aux Grands Hommes La Patrie Reconnaissante’, meaning "To the great men, the grateful homeland".
Those buried there include Rousseau, Émile Zola, Victor Hugo, Voltaire, Jean Moulin, Marie Skłodowska-Curie, and the architect of the Pantheon Jacques-Germain Soufflot. In fact, Soufflot died before the Pantheon was completed, meaning that his vision of a semi-gothic building with elements of basic principals was somewhat compromised.
Guided tours of the Pantheon are available and last approximately 45 minutes.
The Pantheon is located in the centre of Paris, near the boulevard Saint-Michel. It can be reached by Metro line 10 at the Cardinal Lemoine stop, by RER line B at the Luxembourg stop and via bus routes 21, 27, 38, 82, 84 and 89.
The Pantheon is open at the following times. April-Sept: 10am-6:30pm ; Oct-March: 10am-6pm. Last entry 45 min before closing. Closed 1 January, 1 May and 25 December. Adults €8, reduced rate €5, adult group rate (min. 20 people) €6, Free for under 18s, EU residents under 26, disabled visitors and their escorts and for unemployed persons.
Place du Panthéon, 75005 Paris, France
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