The facade of the Pantheon, modeled on the Pantheon in Rome, is a great example of the neoclassicism

Impressive portico of the Pantheon
Impressive portico of the Pantheon cc licensed ( BY ND ) flickr photo by arch_ibd

The Pantheon, located in the Latin quarter of Paris, was originally built as a church dedicated to St. Genevieve and housed her relics. The construction of the Pantheon was commissioned by Louis XV when he recovered from his illness in 1744. It has since been re-appropriated as a mausoleum which contains the remains of a number of distinguished French citizens.

The facade of the Pantheon is modeled on the Pantheon in Rome. It is a great example of the neoclassicism that was popular at the time of its construction. The general layout is that of a massive Greek cross 110 meters long and 85 meters wide. The Pantheon boasts a triple dome where each dome is laid within the shell of the previous dome. The weight of this triple dome has been transferred by concealed buttresses to the portico columns. The dome reaches a height of 83 meters.

It was beneath the triple dome of the Pantheon that Leon Foucault demonstrated the rotation of the earth by hanging a 67 meter Foucault pendulum beneath the central dome. The original pendulum is in the Musee des Arts et Petiers and a copy hangs in the Pantheon. The Pantheon also housed the famous sculpture, The Thinker, from 1906 to 1922.

Since the Pantheon was converted into a mausoleum many great French citizens have been interred there. The inscription above the entrance to the crypt reads "To the great men, the grateful homeland". Some of those interred there are Napoleon, Turenne, Vauban, Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Emile Zola, Jean Moulin, Marie Sklodowska-Curie, Louis Braille, Jean Jaures and Soufflot, its architect. Some would argue that being able to pay your respects to these famous French citizens is reason enough to pay a visit to the Pantheon on its own.

If you have not added the Pantheon to your list of things to see in Paris, it would be a great idea to do so. Many who have seen it give it 5 star reviews. The Pantheon is accessible for those who are disabled and it's worth noting that the disabled and their helpers are admitted for free.

Nearby attractions: Musee de Cluny and Jardin de Luxembourg

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes - Free entry with the Paris Pass.

Open Now: Yes! Some attractions may restrict entry prior to their closing time.

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 9:00 AM – 7:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 7:30 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 7:30 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 7:30 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 7:30 PM
  • Sunday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Address: Piazza della Rotonda, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Phone: 06 6830 0230

Official Website: Pantheon


Metro / RER Line Nearest Station Walking Time
M10Cluny - La Sorbonne8 minutes
M4Odeon13 minutes
RER BLuxembourg6 minutes

How to get to Pantheon by Metro / RER

By Metro: From Metro Line 10 exit at Cluny - La Sorbonne Station and walk east to Boulevard Saint-Germain then go right (south) on Rue Saint-Jacques to Rue Soufflot and go left. The Pantheon is straight ahead (8 minutes). From Metro Line 4 exit at Odeon Station via the Rue de l'École du Medecine exit; double back and walk southeast along Rue de l'École du Medécine continuing on Rue de Écoles to Rue Saint-Jacques and go right (south) to Rue Soufflot; then go left.

By RER: Take the RER B to Luxembourg Station and exit north onto Boulevard Saint-Michel. Walk north up Boulevard Saint-Michel to Rue Soufflot and go right.

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Rated 4.7 out of 5

5 Star Rating An absolute must see for those seeking both classic Roman architecture and gorgeous Catholic Churches. Functional church inside so you could stop and say a prayer if you so choose, or you can walk through for free. Nice area with lots of tourist type restaurants and some great gelato spots. If you wander a few streets over there are some nice shops. Walking distance to lots of other beautiful churches and museums.

Dubois Barnes - 2 days ago

4 Star Rating Great architechture. There are always lots of people around so it's difficult to have a quiet moment inside. The place itself is very well maintained. Definitely worth visiting. Recommend going earlier in the morning to avoid huge crowds

Sai Milan Tappoo - 14 days ago

5 Star Rating If you ask me what you need to see in Rome, this is my answer: Pantheon! A marvelous well-preserved antique temple with the most mystic magic dome as roof with a hole in the middle that sunlight shines almost divinely fine in from. It's so beautiful inside so you must go there and is free to visit and still after more than 2000 years works as a sacred place in full function. So beautiful!

Jari Lairolahti - 20 days ago

5 Star Rating Absolutely amazing place to see. You can see it as many times as you want on TV or in Movies, but until you take it all in in person you can't comprehend it. The architectural details are amazing to see, especially considering the age of this structure. It is hard to believe that it is free to step into this amazing piece of history. All I can say is to turn off your damn phone, don't take pictures, and just take some time and breathe. Take it all in as this is also a place of worship. Once you've don't that, then take some pictures, but it won't be able to capture this amazing place. A must visit for sure.

Nathan Delaney - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating Worth a visit. Don't let the long lines deter you. The entry is free. And the lines move fast. Lots of good eateries around. Choose any and enjoy the atmosphere around. You'll have music performances, mimes, acrobats. Nice place to see the ancient world and the current world merge.

Hafsa Hamid - 2 months ago


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