The Panthéon is one of the most iconic national monuments in France, perfect to discover on Bastille day on July 14, 2020. As the French President will pay tribute to soldiers and health caregivers with the military parade without crowds, the Panthéon invites you to dive into the History of France with its greatest Men and Women.
If we all know what Paris Panthéon looks like, not many people dare to go in. And yet, it is very emotional in there. We discover a church designed by architect by Jacques Germain Soufflot, ardent admirer of the Greek-Roman architecture. It is based on a Greek cross plan; and this is the entire architectural style of the church that is marked.
This impressive monument tells most of the History of France, from the outdoor architecture to the design inside and the immortal characters it houses.
In 1791, it is considered to gather the tombs of the greatest men in France within a place devoted to them, like the Westminster Abbaye in England.
Since then, the Pantheon has been housing the bodies of the great characters of the French Republic. In the crypt, there are – among others – the tombs of Rousseau, Voltaire, Emile Zola, Jean Moulin, Louis Braille, René Cassin, Victor Schoelcher, Jean Monnet, Marie Curie, the first woman to be let in, and Simone Veil recently.
And as a curiosity, the Pantheon has been housing a Foucault’s Pendulum since 1851.
In addition to the tour, the European Heritage Days are the occasion to discover the Histoire Silencieuse des Sourds exhibition for free: it focuses on the story of dead people in France, the sign language and its evolution across the society through the years in a chronological order.
Dates and Opening Time
On 14 July 2020
From 10:45 a.m. to 7 p.m.
13, Rue Victor Cousin
75005 Paris 5