The Paris Pantheon, modeled on its counterpart in Rome, is in the Latin District of Paris. Originally built as a church, it is also the resting place of Marie Curie, Voltaire, Rousseau, Emile Zola, and Victor Hugo. It is looking clean and impressive after undergoing extensive restoration a few years ago.
Louis XV commissioned the Paris Pantheon to express his gratitude to God after he recovered from an illness. Construction began in 1757 and was completed in 1791. For you architecture buffs, it uses Gothic principles of light but combines them with classical design. It’s known as the first Neoclassical work of art.
The first experiment with Foucault’s pendulum was held at the Pantheon in 1851. You can still see the pendulum today. I’ve seen these pendulums at other museums; it’s amazing to see the original here.
We had the wonderful gift of finding a hotel right across the street from the Pantheon. I was blown away by the view from our room. Sunrise on the stately Paris Pantheon – what a way to begin a day in Paris!
At night, from here you can enjoy the light show on the hour as the Eiffel Tower lights sparkle. It’s pure lovely Paris as seen from the Pantheon.
IF YOU GO:
Hours: Open daily 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Admission: Adults – 7 Euro; under 17 free. Also free with Paris Museum Pass
For more info, the Paris Pantheon has a great website.