In context : On the shoulders of giants in the Latin Quarter
(From : Curie Museum). Going out of the Curie Museum, find d'Ulm street back, and head north to quickly get to the Panthéon.
Will you be up to the challenge ?
- Tip (boy, this one is easy) : it is a simple device conceived as an experiment to demonstrate the rotation of the Earth.
Originally built as a church dedicated to St. Genevieve, it now functions as a secular mausoleum containing the remains of distinguished French citizens. It is an early example of neoclassicism, with a façade modeled on the Pantheon in Rome, surmounted by a dome that owes some of its character to Bramante's "Tempietto".
Located on the Montagne Sainte-Geneviève, the Panthéon looks out over all of Paris. Designer Jacques-Germain Soufflot had the intention of combining the lightness and brightness of the gothic cathedral with classical principles, but its role as a mausoleum required the great Gothic windows to be blocked.
The inscription above the entrance reads AUX GRANDS HOMMES LA PATRIE RECONNAISSANTE ( "To the great men, the grateful homeland"). By burying its great men in the Panthéon, the Nation acknowledges the honour it received from them. As such, interment here is severely restricted and is allowed only by a parliamentary act for "National Heroes".
Source : Wikipedia contributors, "Panthéon, Paris"
- Opening hours - Open everyday from 10am to 6.30pm (from April 1st to September 30) or 6pm from October 1st to December 25).