Pantheon - details and images

Construction began in 1757, but due to financial problems was finished only in 1791 amid the French Revolution. That same year, the whole formation of the Revolution decided to be transformed from a church into a temple to house the remains of important people of France.

In 1806 the building was transformed again into the church, but the 1885 Pantheon again became a civilian building. Floor design has reason Greek, being 110 meters long and 85 meters wide. Veranda, was inspired by the Pantheon in Rome. The tomb, covering the entire area and hosts many French personalities such as Victor Hugo, Voltaire, Jean Monnet, Marie and Pierre Curie and Emile Zola.

Also, the Pantheon is where astronomer Jean Bernard Leon Foucault in 1851 gave his famous experiment, proving that the Earth spins on its axis. Foucault's pendulum was moved in the same year the Conservatory of Arts and Trades. From under the columns can admire Paris. Pantheon can be seen best from Luxembourg Gardens.

Address: Place du Panthéon, 5e
Phone: 01-44-32-18-00
Metro: Cardinal Lemoine
RER: Luxembourg
Opening hours: Daily 10am - 6 p.m. (Last entry at 45 min. Before closing)
Price: 7 € adults, 4.50 € for persons aged 18-25, free for those under 18.
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