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The Panthéon : The Monumental Mausoleum in the Latin Quarter of Paris

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The Panthéon : The Monumental Mausoleum in the Latin Quarter of Paris

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I was lucky enough to find an apartment in the Latin Quarter of Paris this summer just a few blocks away from the Panthéon.

This neoclassical monument was originally constructed as a church devoted to St. Genevieve at the request of King Louis XV in 1755. Its facade was modeled after the Panthéon in Rome. The dome of the Panthéon offers a view over all of Paris. It was designed by Jacques-Germain Soufflot and faces the “Rue Soufflot” which leads directly to the Jardin du Luxembourg.

Today it functions as a mausoleum and holds the remains of distinguished French citizens. Most recently, I saw a memorial dedicated to the late Simone Veil, who will become the 5th woman in France to be buried there.

Who is Buried in the Panthéon?

A few of the famous people buried in the Panthéon include:

  • Voltaire
  • Victor Hugo
  • Marie Curie
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Louis Braille

Visiting the Panthéon

The Panthéon, Latin Quarter, Paris
The Panthéon, Latin Quarter, Paris
The Panthéon, Latin Quarter, Paris
The Panthéon, Latin Quarter, Paris

Get the full scoop on Paris in my Paris travel guide.

Place du Panthéon
75005 Paris, France

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