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Pantheon, Paris

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Pantheon is the secular burial place of many notable people who helped to form the history and identity of France, such as Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Marie Curie. Built from 1764 to 1790, this monument is a masterpiece by the famous architect Soufflot, who built it as a church in dedication to St. Genevieve. This early example of neoclassical architecture has a façade modeled on the Pantheon in Rome, topped by a dome that owes some of its character to Bramante's "Tempietto." From the outside, marvel at the massive portico of Corinthian columns as well as the triple dome. Inside, you can't help but to notice the coffered inner dome covered with an ornately painted fresco by Antoine Gros, called "The Apotheosis of Saint Genevieve." Make Pantheon a part of your Paris vacation plans using our Paris day trip planning app .
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  • The monumental building in the heart of historic Paris, almost beautiful, suitable as a destination for longer walks. I was inside, so I can evaluate.
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  • From previous reviews that the pendulum is under restoration 8 times out of 10 ... in our case, unfortunately ... Randomness or patch? In any case I would give 5 stars because even without that it is visiting. The building is magnificent, the sculptures with attention to detail and a visit to the tomb of Voltaire, Rousseau and Marie curie is priceless.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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