The Panthéon is a building in the Latin Quarter in the 5th arrondissement of Paris. It was originally built as a church dedicated to St. Genevieve with overall design of a Greek cross. The building was ruined by the Normans, and was restored several times.
King Louis XV vowed in 1744 that if he recovered from his illness he would replace the ruined church of the Abbey of St Genevieve. Later, the Panthéon was used as a burial place for great men. The building is 110 metres long by 84 metres wide, and 83 metres high. The outermost dome is built of stone. Concealed flying buttresses pass the massive weight of the triple construction outwards to the portico columns.
The construction proceeded slowly during 40 years due to many problems. Revealed cracks nearly ruined the construction, and the dome was restored by the decision of the commission.
Under the rule of Napoleon, the building was returned to the Church, though it was still used as a burial place. Finally, after many changes, today it functions as a secular mausoleum containing the remains of distinguished French citizens.
Address: Place du Panthéon, Paris
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Tombs of the Great
lmstrad83 , Akron, OH, 2015-05-20
Beautiful structure with the tombs of some of the greatest people who helped build Paris. Take in the interior of the dome from the main level and head downstairs to see the tombs of some of the... read full review
Bronjo , Gosford, 2015-05-20
Huge. Awe inspiring. Historical. Crypts are amazing...Voltaire, Victor Hugo among others. Excellent additional display about the french resistance was on display when I visited. Murals were huge... read full review
Pretty Building
Megan H , Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 2015-05-20
This building is very beautiful with interesting history. However, there are only audio tours in French, so all you Anglophones make sure you do your research ahead of time so you know what it's all... read full review
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  • izi.TRAVEL, 07-04-2014

    Cicero is quoted as saying: “Gratefulness is not only the largest of the virtues, but also the origin of all the others”. And the history of the Pantheon is a very visible sign of gratefulness.

  • Renata, 13-05-2013

    Foucault's Pendulum is under renovation for the next three years.

  • Нюша, 03-05-2013

    Усыпальница выдающихся людей Франции!

  • Benjamin, 30-04-2013

    It was originally built as a church and to house the reliquary châsse containing her relics, now functions as a secular mausoleum containing the remains of distinguished French citizens.

  • Vélib', 30-03-2013

    Dans la crypte reposent de grands noms francs-maçons comme Voltaire, Victor Hugo et Victor Shoelcher. A croire que les grandes têtes pensantes aient toutes eu à faire avec la Franc-Maçonnerie !

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