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The Pantheon At Night

Pantheon is a Latin term referring to a tomb of many gods.

A Brief History of the Pantheon in Paris

The Pantheon in Paris a good example of a neoclassical structure. constructed at the order of King Louis XV who at that time was sick and as a gesture of good faith and wanting to be well commissioned it. The construction of the Pantheon in Paris started in 1758AD by a famous French architect of those times called Jacques-Germain Soufflot but he later died in 1780 AD and his student Jean-Baptiste Rondelet completed it in 1790AD before the French revolution had gained much heat. Originally constructed to serve as a church in honor of St. Genevieve it was later to be changed to a modern Mausoleum in which the remains of the French elite lie. The Pantheon in Paris has it is structured borrowed from the Pantheon in Rome but its interior has Grand Gothic Cathedral feel.

Why should you visit the pantheon in Paris at night?

France hosts a lot of beautiful architecture, it is hard to compete with the Eiffel Tower and the Arc De Triomphe but still, the Pantheon in Paris stands out as it watches over the Latin quarter of Paris. It is hard to deny that it is one of the most impressive structures of the neoclassical times.

Its structure is of stone and marble with an inscription at the entrance “To great men, the grateful homeland “.inside it has 22 Corinthian inspired columns with mosaic decorations also in the interior and painting scenes from the French history. Inside the pediment are sculptures done by Pierre Jean (1).

The mood is just right for a date, there are hallways leading to vaults where the elite are buried, Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas, Jean Maulin, and Pierre Curie are some of the elites whose bodies lay here in the large crypt that covers almost the whole surface of the building. It is somehow a spooky sight, but hey what’s a date in Paris without a little bit of thrill. Just hold on to your partners’ hands and enjoy the walk to the French rich history.

A trip to the Pantheon in Paris wouldn’t be complete without one going up to the Dome, it’s a 267 steps journey but totally worth it because as you go up you can’t help but awe at the beauty of Paris the city of love and romance.The dome has a lantern tower which goes up to a height of almost 83 meters, it also filters some little light into the center of the sanctuary bringing about a spooky Gothic feel and also an amazing scenery at the same time.

Apart from the romantic touch the Pantheon in Paris also provides a learning opportunity about the french history and also one is able to see the Foucault set up by a physicist Leon Foucault in 1851 to demonstrate the rotation of the earth.

Imagine a date and a bar up on your French history knowledge the Pantheon in Paris is truly a sight.

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Pantheon Paris and Its Crypt

Pantheon Paris outside dome and crypt

Europe has two very famous European Pantheons. There is the Pantheon in Rome Italy, but then there is also the very famous Pantheon in Paris, France which is a popular tourist attraction along with being a world renowned historical building.

The Pantheon Paris is a building in the Latin Quarter of Paris, France. It was actually originally built as a Church dedicated to St. Genevieve, but after many changes over time, now gathers liturgical functions with its role as a famous burial location. It is an early model of Neoclassicism, with a facade modeled after the Pantheon in Rom defeated by a dome that owes some its character Bramante’s “Tempietoo”.

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Frоm the Basilica tо Тhе Pantheon – A Famous Burial Place

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Here is the story of how the Pantheon Paris became a famous burial ground.

Back іn 507AD King Clovis converted tо Christianity аnd decided tо build а basilica оn thе vеrу site whеrе Тhе Pantheon stands today. Saint Genevieve, whо wаs thе patron saint оf Paris who protected thе city frоm thе barbarians, wаs buried іn thіs basilica іn 512AD. (1)

This meant thаt thе basilica аnd furthеr churches wеrе dedicated tо Saint Genevieve аnd іn 1744 аftеr King Louis XV hаd bееn seriously ill, hе attributed hіs recovery tо thе prayers оf Saint Genevieve аnd decided thаt hе wоuld hаvе а prestigious church constructed оn thе sаmе spot аs thе original basilica dedicated tо her.

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Pantheon Paris – the first imposing neoclassical monument

Pantheon Paris Voltaire tomb stature

Every building with amazing architecture has its unique story. The reason the Pantheon Paris was built was firstly to replace the damaged Sainte-Genevieve church at the command of Louis XV. This was a gift of gratitude to God because his health had recovered. Soufflot was chosen for accomplishing the task. He wanted to have the Gothic style combined with the classical structure. Because of financial problems, Soufflot could not finish the building during his life; he died before seeing it completed. His pupil did not exactly have the same ideas as his master and made some changes. However the building is a masterpiece and one of the greatest neoclassical monuments.

Shortly after the Pantheon was built (which was called back then the Sainte-Genevieve Church), the age of the French Revolution, the age of transformations and embracing new ideas came. It was then when the government changed the church into a mausoleum, a place to bury exceptional Frenchmen who had sacrificed their lives for their country or done something great for it. However, the mausoleum was changed back into a church several times until it finally became a burial place for martyrs and brilliant French citizens for good.

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