What was meant to be a Church became a place of National Pride. Located in Paris’ Latin Quarter, it means you have no excuse to go and visit this imposing structure, but it does mean one other thing - parking can be a nightmare! Paris’ 2 hour parking limit means that you really don’t have enough time to relax and explore some of Paris’ best sights, before you have to go back to your car and find somewhere else to park it again - now that’d put a downer on any day in the City of Love.
The building of this impressive and imposing structure started in 1764, and under the direction of its architect, Jacques-Germain Soufflot it was to be a mixture of classical Greek and Gothic architecture, a cathedral to rival London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral. Originally meant to be a church dedicated to St. Genevieve. Located in the heart of the Latin Quarter, it really is in the centre of Paris, as well as just being a stone’s throw from Les Invalides and the Jardins du Luxembourg. Trust us, when you walk in the sheer size and grandeur of it is sure to take your breath away!
This building has had a mixed past, switching between being a religious building or a patriotic one. Now, in the pretty well established 5th Republic, the building is staunchly patriotic! It is the burial place of people, who have been deemed to have increased the glory of France. You can even go into the crypt where you can see the final resting places of these greats. 70 men are buried in this crypt, including Voltaire, Rousseau and Victor Hugo, however there’s only one woman - none other but Marie Curie.
Want to see more of Paris? Well at the Panthéon, you’re not restricted to ground level, climb up 35 metres to the 360 degree viewing platform and you’ll see for miles! But this is a lesser known attraction at the Panthéon, which isn’t always advertised, so be sure to ask!
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