In the heart of the Latin Quarter, the Pantheon honors the memory of famous disappeared.
How do I get to the Pantheon?
AddressPlace du Panthéon
To the Great Men
If the Pantheon owes its reputation to the 77 illustrious figures who rest there, it is itself a true architectural masterpiece. On the Sainte-Geneviève mountain, in the heart of the Latin Quarter, the imposing Corinthian columns, the majestic triangular pediment and the 83 meter high oval dome are the work of the architect Jacques-Germain Soufflot and required almost 26 years of work , between 1764 and 1790.
It is in the crypt that the personalities buried in the Pantheon rest. Voltaire was among the first - as early as 1791, with the Count of Mirabeau -, soon followed by politicians, scientists, men of letters, soldiers or resistance fighters. Visiting the Pantheon, its entrance and its vaults, allows, thus, to maintain the memory of famous disappeared, such as Sadi Carnot, Victor Hugo, Louis Braille, Jean Moulin, Émile Zola or André Malraux. Women, for their part, are only two at the moment: Sophie Berthelot, buried alongside her husband, and Marie Curie, Nobel Prize winner in physics and chemistry. The month of May 2015 will, however, see the burial of four resistance fighters, including Germaine Tillion and Geneviève de Gaulle.
The Pantheon can be visited freely, during a guided tour or a conference visit. The latter, lasting 1.5 hours, revolves around a specific theme, such as the one offered every other Wednesday: "To the Great Men, the grateful homeland".