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Pantheon

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Address: Place du Pantheon, 75005 Paris, France
Phone Number: +33 1 44 32 18 00
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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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Probably not the top of your list for things to see in Paris but if you have the time, or you've been to Paris before and done the main attractions, the Pantheon is well worth a... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was overwhelmed walking through the lower floor crypts and who was buried in them. It's the "who's who" of French history throughout history. It makes yo stop and read everyone story poster that is placed outside the various crypts. Some you can walk in others fenced, Never the less it makes you dust off the memory on World history.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Pantheon is a must to visit and see on any trip to Paris, like the Pompidou or the Eiffel Tower, it epitomises so much about the city. Make sure you visit on a weekday, it can be busy at the weekend.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is definitely a must see in Paris. Whether your thing is history, culture or architecture this ticks all the boxes. A most beautiful building and only a short walk from the restaurants and bars of the Latin Quarter. Yes at 8.5 Euros entry is quite pricey but nowhere else can you get the same ambience giving a trye insight... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Probably not the top of your list for things to see in Paris but if you have the time, or you've been to Paris before and done the main attractions, the Pantheon is well worth a visit. Up by the Sorbonne, it's a little out of the way but still accessible by metro and a walk. The view back down... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spend 2 hours in here admiring the architecture and decoration. In reality it is a mausoleum to notable French people but nonetheless a very impressive building

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You feel something special when you enter it. Many tombs of great personalities are buried there. Visit the underground for a truly particular amtosphere. It is on top of a hill, with nice views on Paris.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a total surprise. The beauty of the building was remarkable in every way. A church to begin with and later a monument and mausoleum to notable Frenchmen who contributed to their country. Upstairs is a huge Foucault Pendulum. In addition those who had a hand in the formation of the republic on honored. Sculptures, murals and friezes depict... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found the Pantheon whilst researching the area around our hotel in the Latin Quarter, and decided to visit on our last morning in the city. The architecture from the outside is worth the visit if nothing else, the Pantheon totally dominates the area it stands over, and standing on the steps of the church and looking down Rue Soufflot... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I were visiting Paris to see our son who lives there. She wanted to get her hair cut so I took a chance on visiting the Pantheon nearby to where we were staying and was not disappointed. It's a wonderful former church and in the crypt are buried many of the great and the good of historic... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Pantheon -- originally a church and now a mausoleum -- has been mostly restored and the architecture is impressive both inside and out. There is an 8.5 EU entrance fee, and an additional charge for the audio guide. The Foucault Pendulum is suspended from the ceiling in the main hall and it was definitely the highlight of the visit... 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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