This monument devoted to the Great Men of the French Republic is set in a church designed by architect Jacques Germain Soufflot, devoted admirer of the Greek-Roman architecture. It’s built according to a Greek cross map and it’s the whole architectural style of the church that is influenced.
In 1791, the graves of the Great Men of France are thought to be brought together in one same place, such as the Westminster Abbaye in England.
Since then, the Pantheon has become the last house of many deceased great characters of the Republic. In the crypt, we have – 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 have been buried there and Simone Veil.
And for the record, the Pantheon also houses a copy of the Foucault pendulum since 1851.
In addition to the tour, European Heritage Days are the occasion to discover the Histoire Silencieuse des Sourds exhibitions for free: it’s about – in a chronological order – the story of deaf people in France, from the sign language to its evolution in the society over the years.
European Heritage Days 2019 Program in Paris and the Ile-de-France Region:
And to get your bearings more easily, we've made you some themed guides:
From 21 September 2019 to 22 September 2019
Place du Panthéon
75005 Paris 5
Métro Luxembourg / Cardinal Lemoine / Maubert Mutualité
Horaires : 10h-18h30