The Panthéon is a neo-classic building used as a resting place of France military, political and literary heroes such as Victor Hugo, Mirabeau, Marat, Voltaire, Rousseau, Gambetta, Emile Zola, Louis Braille or Raymond Poincaré. It was built in 1755 as a church but after Victor Hugo's funeral in 1855 it was decided to be a magnificent mausoleum.
The Panthéon - Commissioned by Louis XV, the Panthéon adopted the Greek model of a cross mounted on a dome. The first cornerstone was laid by the king himself in 1764. Visible from several vantage points in the city, the Panthéon is one of the best examples of neoclassicism. Under the dome hangs a replica of the pendulum used by the physician Foucault in 1851 to demonstrate the rotation of the earth. The crypt, divided into several galleries, contains the sepulchres of illustrious historical figures, reflecting the inscription carried by the stela on the facade: 'The country recognizes its great men.'
The Pantheon was designed in 1764 by Soufflot. The church was designed with a giant dome, much like that of St. Paul's Cathedral in London. Soufflot died, and his student, Rondelet completed the Pantheon nine years after the death of Soufflot. Many famous frenchman are buried here including Victor Hugo.
This is nice church to visit while you are in the Latin Quarter or visiting the Cluny. The inside has some wonderful artwork and sculpture and there is an interesting crypt to visit.
There are 25 famous people buried here.
Only two are women: Marie Curie and Sophie Berthelot.
A grand facade from the outside..
Under the Carte des Musées et Monuments (Paris Museum Card) but not all areas inside though..
Buried here are a who's who of French history. Among those buried here are:
Inside the Pantheon are burried the most important men of France. Of course a writing genius like Victor Hugo (Les miserables etc) is burried here.
This is where famous people such as Jean Monnet, Voltaire and Montesquieu are buried.
This is also where la Pendule de Foucault is.
A former church, this building has served as a crypt for national heroes of France since the revolution.
It was build as a church but nowadays it is the cemetary for famous French people, such as Voltaire, Emile Zola etc.