The Panthéon (French: [pɑ̃.te.ɔ̃], from the Classical Greek word πάνθειον, pántheion, '[temple] to all the gods') is a monument in the 5th arrondissement of Paris, France. It stands in the Latin Quarter, atop the Montagne Sainte-Geneviève, in the centre of the Place du Panthéon, which was named after it. The edifice was built between 1758 and 1790, from designs by Jacques-Germain Soufflot, at the behest of King Louis XV of France; the king intended it as a church dedicated to Saint Genevieve, Paris' patron saint, whose relics were to be housed in the church. Neither Soufflot nor Louis XV lived to see the church completed.
By the time the construction was finished, the French Revolution had started; the National Constituent Assembly voted in 1791 to transform the Church of Saint Genevieve into a mausoleum for the remains of distinguished French citizens, modelled on the Pantheon in Rome which had been used in this way since the 16th century. The first panthéonisé was Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau, although his remains were removed from the building a few years later. The Panthéon was twice restored to church usage in the course of the 19th century—although Soufflot's remains were transferred inside it in 1829—until the French Third Republic finally decreed the building's exclusive use as a mausoleum in 1881. The placement of Victor Hugo's remains in the crypt in 1885 was its first entombment in over fifty years.
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Paul McCloud | Feb 24, 2018
This is one of the many beautiful architectural structures of this very old city. It made me wonder how they were able to build these wonderful buildings that long ago. I won't be able forget my time here.
Ronald Halim | Jan 23, 2018
The final burial sites for heroes/heroines, public servants and public figures who have made significant contribution to France and the French society. Amazing architecture! No word to describe the dome. The subterranean crypt (the actual burial site) underneath was out of this world (no pun intended). Many famous people (including scientists) are buried there: Pierre and Marie Curie, Louis Braille (of the Braille code), Carnot brothers (of the Carnot cycle). A hidden gem of Paris. Totally worth visiting.
Pascal Pillot | Jan 12, 2018
Monumental. Reclaimed as a celebration of the Republic, this original building was supposed to be a royal church. It has kept its grandiose and the massiveness of the structure is an hommage to architectural ingenuity and the human desire to transcend time. The crypt is now the repository of the last rest of the great men and women of the Republic. A must see and visit on your touristic exploration of the capital. Guided visits are well organized and rich in explanations which allow you to gain a better understanding of the monument.
Richard Watkins | Feb 22, 2018
The catacombs are well worth the visit alone and are a surprise addition to an already impressive monument. Go early, or out of season to avoid the crowds. The visual aides and interactive displays are excellent; giving you a real sense of place and time, particularly French religious power play and it's Rubulican past.
Rich Warych | Dec 12, 2017
A very impressive building modelled partly after the Pantheon in Rome celebrating the great French Heroes such as Victor Hugo, Marie Currie, Voltaire, etc.. The crypt is a bit of let down. I was expecting more glorified tombs instead I found pretty plain ones. Not really befitting such great people interred there. The interior and dome are very impressive. Admission should be a bit less.
James Hawkins | Mar 15, 2018
Beyond stupendous. One of the largest concrete domes constructed more than 2000 years ago and still totally intact. Check out the hole in the roof which showcases the sky. A world class piece of architecture!
Simran Bhullar | Mar 2, 2018
Every time, I look at it, or pass by this, I am filled with admiration for architecture, for the scientific experiment that was carried out inside to show the rotation of the Earth. A must must visit if you love science. The building has been renovated and cleaned recently and it looks very beautiful now.
Nocenti | Mar 12, 2018
Probably one of my favourite spots in Paris. This wasn't on our bucket list but we took a short detour and ended up going inside. Large paintings scale the inner walls and the pendulum is located at the center of the first floor. Underground are the resting places of many famous French figures including Marie and Pierre Curie, Voltaire, Dumas and Victor Hugo. From revolutionary republicans to French resistance members, you really get a sense of the transition to the French Republic, to secular society in France and the fight against Fascism in the early-mid 20th century.
David P | May 4, 2018
The outside architecture here is incredible. We wanted to go inside (9 euros a person plus another 3 for audio guide) but unfortunately half the crypt was under construction in early May 2018 and therefore much of the crypt was closed :( so it didn't seem worth paying for the visit (our main reason for visiting was to see the crypts). Lovely university buildings surround the pantheon so there are many students hanging about.
Dylan Noblett | Apr 21, 2018
Super impressive building. Coming from a Californian pretty ignorant to French history, I felt like some of the cultural impact was lost on me. Got in with the Paris Museum Pass and enjoyed our time there. The crypts were amazing. Awesome to learn about some of France’s finest.
Jeff Henderson | Apr 29, 2018
This is an interesting monument to see. However the cost to enter is unjust. I spent about 1.5h walking around inside. The crypt is somewhat over hyped although interesting to see. If you are interested in paying homage to those who gave so much to France it is worth visiting. If you are interested in the building it might be better to visit some of the free attractions.
Anna Turconi | Apr 23, 2018
I personally expected more from the inside of this monument. From the outsids it is great, but when you enter there's nothing special. Maybe the crypt is the only interesting thing, but you'll not find more than "normal tombs". Don't forget to bring a jacket or a jumper, because downstairs is really cold.
Hazal Goksu | Apr 30, 2018
Definitely worth going. Inside it's spacious and uplifting , underground tomb area is cold but it was great to discover that so many famous people are buried there. The Foucault pendulum is also in this place!
Bradley Stone | May 18, 2018
Beautiful and inspiring. Understand what this is before you go, and please show respect. It is a monument to some of the greatest heroes of modern France. The basement is a mausoleum, with the bodies of the heros of French science, literature, culture, etc... so please be quiet and respectful.
Adam Hutt | May 20, 2018
Tremendous monument to some of France's most important people. The inside space is huge with some excellent murals. The Pantheon has been refurbished to its original glory. Head downstairs to the crypt to see Voltaire's tomb. There is not much of a souvenir store. I didn't purchase €3 audioguide and I didn't see many people with the audio guide though.
Stephen Digby | May 19, 2018
Superb building in superb square flanked by other public buildings and church. Eu9 entrance, 3eu audio guide. Breathtaking interior scale and beauty. Great multimedia and audio guides. The crypt contains the remains of people that France has chosen as their best.
Jamie Graham | May 21, 2018
A beautiful building variously serving as a place of worship and now the national memorial for eminent thinkers. The main building houses an example of Foucault's pendulum where it was first exhibited in times past. There are monuments to those who fought and died for the revolution, and the mortuary downstairs contains the likes of Rousseau, Voltaire and even Marie and Pierre Curie. Entry is free for those under 26 and from the EU upon presentation of a passport/ID!
B. Gold | Jul 7, 2018
Splendid monument in Latin Quarter, built as a place of warship. Pantheon in Greek means ‘temple of all Gods. Grandiose very impressive dome with skylight. Underneath are crypts of eminent people France enlisted as its best. Majestic artwork, scuputes reminders of remarkable French history and legacy. Voltaire, Emil Zola, Alexander Dumas, Victor Hugo, Rousseau, Marie Curie, 2 Italian Kings Emanuele ll and Umberto l are some of elite buried there. Grandiose landmark is timeless memorial to the best in French history.
Philip Carter | Jun 12, 2018
Not having heard of the place before and knowing nothing of its history this impressed me in its conception and development all of which is easy to grasp visually. Firstly it was built as a religious monument to the patron saint of Paris, but built in a classical/Roman style so it looks like a Roman temple from the outside. What is equally apparent is the changes made afterwards following the French Revolution, with the religious imagery on the walls contrasting with the revolutionary statues beside them. Underneath is the crypt where assorted famous French people are buried - such as Voltaire, who was denied burial in church grounds when he died.
Paul Taylor | Jun 16, 2018
Another huge structure that you would have seen from other places you have been. Has a very big pendulum that was originally used to demonstrate that the world is revolving around itself. Lots of murals. Entrance is included with the museum pass.
Kinsey Church | Jul 22, 2018
One of my favorite attractions in Paris. The architecture is amazing and the paintings are beautiful. I found the crypt cool- many famous people are buried there. I would absolutely recommend adding the dome to your ticket. It's a bit of a climb with stairs but one of the best views of the city! 360 degrees with the Eiffel tower and signs helping you locate other monuments. Excellent visit.
Golnesa Amani | Jul 21, 2018
The first floor is spectacular. Many paintings and statues worth photographing. However the lower floors where the tombs are housed are not very exciting to see. If anything, on a hot day they provided a cool place to hang out. I was lucky that it was free the day I went because it was 14 Juillet. There was even a love orchestra playing music for patrons. The Pantheon is located in one of the oldest parts of Paris. Nearby la Sorbonne, university campus.
Jesse Snipper | Jul 16, 2018
This place was excellent. We got in right as it opened so there was no line but they were prepared for one so FYI. Get the 3 euro extra ticket and do the outside view tour, great views and not too expensive. We had lunch nearby as there are several great places. Also, catacombs benieth have some famous people which is pretty awesome.
Barry Pape | Jul 31, 2018
Why have I never been here before. I've never heard it mentioned but we saw it from our hotel and went to find out what it was. What it is is an epic building; burial place of the great and good. And there is currently a linked graffiti art exhibition with portraits of some of the heroes on the walls around Paris. When I got home I had to order up a book by Aime Cesaire which I'm reading for the second time already. So thanks Pantheon for opening new windows.
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