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 was built according to a Greek cross map and it is 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 enjoy a writing workshops for children from 8 to 12 years old, on Saturday at 2 p.m. (online booking), followed by a live concert by the French air force from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. All these entertainments are to be booked on the Pantheon website.
European Heritage Days 2020 Program in Paris and the Ile-de-France Region:
And to get your bearings more easily, we've made you some themed guides:
Dates and Opening Time
From 19 September 2020 to 20 September 2020
Place du Panthéon
75005 Paris 5
Métro Luxembourg / Cardinal Lemoine / Maubert Mutualité
Horaires : 10h15-18h