The 5th and 6th arrondissements of Paris are home to the quaint Latin Quarter. This area is known for its educational establishments and the heart of student life for over 800 years. While strolling along its charming streets, the Pantheon in the Latin Quarter of Paris is the perfect spot to kill some time, and learn a bit of history.
The idea for the Pantheon came from an ill stricken, King Louis XV who vowed if he recovered he would build a magnificent church to replace the one that had fallen in honor of St. Genevieve. Construction began in 1758 and was designed by architect Jacques-Germain Soufflot and was completed in 1790 at the start of the French Revolution. Now it is mainly known for being the burial place (below in the crypt) of many famous people such as Voltaire, Rousseau and Victor Hugo to name a few.
As far as the architecture goes- the Pantheon is an example of neoclassical style with the perfect blend of gothic and classic elements with Corinthian columns, a massive dome and beautiful frescos. The Pantheon in Paris closely replicates that of the Pantheon in Rome. I have been to both and I would say they have vastly different feels and are both worth a visit!
After wandering around a bit and admiring the art work, we ventured down into the crypt which seemed like a labyrinth of walkways to the final resting places of some of France’s most influential people.
Paris’ Pantheon is open daily from 10am-6pm and is 7 Euros (or free with the Paris Museum Pass which I highly recommend!)
Enjoy some pictures of the the interior and exterior of the Pantheon in the Latin Quarter of Paris below!
Looking for more on our trip to France? Check out our hotel here, our tour of the Louvre with Walks of France – here, some Post Cards from Paris- here and the beautiful Cathedral in Reims- here, some fine dining at Le Foch in Reims- here, a Visit to Paris’ Arc de Triomphe- here, recap of Climbing the Towers of Notre Dame, Paris’ Love Lock Bridge- here, The beautiful stained glass of Sainte Chapelle – here , Champagne Pommery with Tastyside to Life Tours- here, Montmartre’s Sacre Coeur- here, Paris and the Eiffel Tower at Night- here and Part 2 of my Tasty Side to Life tour at Champagne Bernard Pertois- here.