Posted by: danielfee | January 15, 2013

Travel Photo of the Day 01-15-2013

The Pantheon - Paris, France

The Pantheon – Paris, France

The Pantheon Front Elevation

The Pantheon Front Elevation

The Pantheon located in the Latin Quarter of Paris was originally constructed by Louis XV in 1744. When he became ill, he vowed to construct a new church dedicated to Saint Genevieve if she would come to his aid. She did, so when he recovered, he hired an architect to build a vast church which combined Greek beauty with Gothic space and light. The Pantheon was the result. The first stones were laid in 1764, but it wasn’t completed until 1790, which is the same year all monastic orders were abolished during the French Revolution. It was then declared to be a temple to the nation and the French author Voltaire, philosopher Rousseau and politician Honoré Mirabeau were buried here. Several times during the 19th century it became a church again. But in 1885 it was finally made into a mortuary for French heroes during the state funeral for Victor Hugo. In addition you will tombs for Émile Zola, Jean Moulin, Maria Sklodowska-Curie, Louis Braille, Jean Jaurès and Jacques Germain Soufflot, its architect.

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  1. The Pantheon is just as grand as it used to be. Thanks for posting this. 🙂

  2. And M. Foucault’s pendulum swings back and forth inside, assuring us that the earth is still turning. Thanks for reminding me.


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