The Pantheon in the Latin Quarter of Paris is another monument that
is synomimous with the city.Originally built as a church dedicated
to St.Genevieve this ornate monument is now dedicated to the memory
of the men and women who have influenced French history since the
The list includes
Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Jean-JacquesRousseau, Emile Zola, Louis
Braille, Marie Curie,
Alexandre Dumas and the
original architect Soufflot who actually died before its completion
in 1791. You will most of their tombs in the cavernous crypt
underneath the building.
the years the Pantheon changed back and forth
to being utilised as a church but eventually assumed its lasting
role as burial place for martyrs and inspirational French citizens.
As soon as you enter the building you
can't help but be in awe of what awaits you - it never ceases to
amaze us as to the skills of the artisans who built these monuments
...and looking up under the dome its just wow!
Visit the church of
'Saint Etienne du Mont' just behind the
Pantheon - you will be glad you did!
** Although this is the nearest metro station it actually brings you out a bit behind the the building and with a slight uphill climb, you might want to approach this monument front-on to get the best effect. We suggest you take the RER to Luxembourg visit the gardens then leave onto Rue Soufflot and get the best approach to the Pantheon itself.