An architectural marvel perched on the Sainte Geneviève mountain, the Panthéon is one of the most prestigious monuments in Paris, and one of the most beautiful to visit.
The temple of the French Nation
Standing on the Sainte-Geneviève mountain, the Pantheon of Paris overlooks the left bank. By designing it more than 200 years ago, the architect Soufflot intended to rival the pantheon of Rome. The building was transformed in the 19th century into a mausoleum dedicated to personalities who were the pride of France. The crypt houses the graves of Victor Hugo, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Voltaire, or even those of Pierre and Marie Curie, Simone Veil or even Joséphine Baker, the 6th woman to enter there.
Allies honored by Napoleon
If French nationality is now compulsory to be eligible for the Pantheon, this has not always been the case. You will be able to discover the tombs of the Italian, Swiss and Dutch allies honored by Napoleon. The First Empire, by burying more than half of the characters currently in the crypt of the building, rooted the Pantheon in this vocation, that of a place of memory. Napoleon deeply marked Paris and its region.
A big scientific discovery
The nave contains a 67 meter long pendulum, a vestige of one of the most important scientific discoveries in the world. In 1851, the physicist Léon Foucault indeed chose the Panthéon to demonstrate the rotation of the Earth. We can still witness this historic experience today. From April to October, it is possible to visit the upper parts of the Pantheon. But you have to be brave and climb 200 steps to get there! The game is worth the candle: from the dome, the view of Paris is breathtaking.
Place du Pantheon
INDIVIDUAL RATE: €11.50 FREE: Under 18 years old (with family and outside school groups) 18-25 years old (nationals of European Union countries and regular non-European residents on French territory) – Disabled person and their companion –