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Address: Place du Pantheon, 75005 Paris, France
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+33 1 44 32 18 00

With the Pantheon, architect Jacques-Germain Soufflot met Louis XV’s wish...

With the Pantheon, architect Jacques-Germain Soufflot met Louis XV’s wish to glorify the monarchy in the form of a church dedicated to Saint Geneviève, the patron saint of Paris. The edifice was deconsecrated during the Revolution in 1791 and renamed the Pantheon. During the turbulent years of the 19th century, as regimes changed, it alternated in its role as a religious and patriotic monument. Since 1885, the year of Victor Hugo’s death and burial in the Pantheon, it has been the last resting place for the great writers, scientists, generals, churchmen and politicians who have made the history of France. The crypt houses the tombs of more than 70 illustrious figures including Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile Zola, Alexandre Dumas, Pierre and Marie Curie etc.Open:> 1st April to 30th September: from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.> 1st October to 31st March: from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Last admission 45 minutes before closing time. Closed:> 1st January, 1st May and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 8,5€; Concessions (18 to 25) = 5,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups

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The pavement in front is a favourite student gathering place

The building is certainly in the Pantheon style and the columns and carvings are well done and well maintained. this attraction does not draw the crowds of the major churches and... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The building is certainly in the Pantheon style and the columns and carvings are well done and well maintained. this attraction does not draw the crowds of the major churches and museums. It was great for that alone - a more restful and relaxing visit. being surrounded by the students taking advantage of warm pavements in the sunshine was also... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The main hall of this building is exceptional, with a grand sense of scale and importance. The crypt is perhaps a little less interesting, with many of the individual monuments being very simple.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's nice to go to Pantheon from Saint Germain des Pres area by walk to discover all Parisian atmosphere and enjoy!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

If Saint Denis is the cathedral where French kings were buried, the Pantheon is were the French Republic buries its great people. Most of the graves have panels (both in French and English) retelling the life of the residents. The visit takes about 90 minutes and is a brief reminder of French history. The Foucault pendulum is the largest permanent... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My timing was off and it was closed when I was there. The outside of the building is beautiful and majestic. It was originally built as a church (1758) dedicated to St. Genevieve and to house the reliquary châsse containing her relics but after many changes over the years…it now functions as a secular mausoleum containing the remains of distinguished... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This seems to be an overlooked treasure in Paris, but I rate it highly. The building is quite lovely but the highlight is the inclusion of Faucault's Pendulum which can captivate you for ages. The statuary and murals are lovely, and there are special exhibitions on from time to time. When we visited, there was an av display of French... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A beautiful building in the Latin Quarter that was once a church. The great and the good of France are buried here. We only viewed the outside of the building but it was stunning, particularly when highlighted by the sun. Along the railings are listed the names of various heroes of France. Situated amongst University buildings, this is an ideal... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must visit if you're in paris. A reminiscent of the roman era and a true piece of art and architecture. Don't miss the eateries nearby.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited while in Paris in September 2013. Filled with statues commemorating the French Revolution. Also, there are tombs of many notable Frenchmen. One is Alexandre Dumas who is famous for the Three Musketeers. Also, Louis Braille who created Braille for those visually impaired. There are others too buried in the basement of the Pantheon. Also beautiful paintings throughout the building... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The pantheon definitely has grandeur to it, with plenty of high vaulted ornate ceilings along with painted murals, which was cool to see, if not somewhat par for the course depending on your travels and tourism. They did have a pretty neat pendulum clock in the center. The best thing about it was the crypt, which contains Rousseau, Marie and... More 

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The Latin Quarter bursts with intellectual life, architectural splendour and ongoing merriment. The small streets are filled with classical buildings, student bars and lively eateries while the squares are dominated by historic monuments. The area is defined by the 800-year-old Sorbonne University, where Latin once prevailed, and is famous for the Pantheon which celebrates the great men and women of France. During the day students rush from classes to the library and intellectuals people watch from the terraced cafés. As night time falls the surrounding establishments fill up and the merriment really begins. The liveliest parts are around Rue Mouffetard, lined with crêperies and international street food eateries, and Place de la Contrescarpe characterised by terraced brasseries, this neighbourhood provides real nourishment for the mind, belly, and soul.
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