Place du Panthéon

The Pantheon is located in the Latin Quarter of Paris near the Sorbonne University. It was designed in 1764 as a church dedicated to the patron saint of the city, Saint Genevieve. However, following the French Revolution it was converted into a mausoleum.

The temple has a neoclassical style and its gateway resembles the Pantheon in Rome with its Corinthian columns and triangular wall. Likewise, the dome is similar to that of St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

The inside of the building is decorated with paintings and bas-reliefs. There is a Foucault pendulum beneath the central dome which demonstrates the rotation of the earth.

Some famous French people have been buried in the Pantheon. For example, in the crypt there are 73 tombs belong to the likes of Victor Hugo, Emile Zola, Marie Curie, Alexandre Dumas and Voltaire.

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