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

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

The Panthéon, Latin Quarter, Paris

Place du Panthéon
75005 Paris, France

December 20, 2018

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I’m an American photographer and writer based in Paris after living in New York for 7 years and then and spending a year and a half traveling. My work has been featured by the Paris and Nice Tourism Offices, Art Basel, and Refinery 29. Culture Passport is a place to share my travels and experiences in new places, with a focus on cultural attractions.

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