Address: Place du Panthéon, Paris 5
Metro: Cardinal Lemoine
Hours: Open everyday. From January 2 to March 31: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. From April 1 to September 30: 10:00 am – 6:30 pm. From October 1 to December 31: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.
Pantheon is closed on January 1, May 1 and December 25
Fees: Adults 8,50 €
Phone: 01 44 32 18 00
Located in the Latin Quarter of Paris, Pantheon was originally built as a church in the 1700s by the order of Louis XV to honour Saint Genevieve, the patron saint of Paris. This was his way of thanking Saint Genevieve for saving his life when he was very sick.
The construction for the Neo-Classic style church began in 1764 and took about 26 years to complete. However, during the French Revolution it became a burial site for French notables, and those who had lost their lives to save France. Under Napoleon it became a church again, however today it is a secular building dedicated to those who made significant contribution to French history since the Revolution.
There is crypt at Pantheon where you can find the tombs of famous people such as Emile Zola, Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Joan of Arc, and Marie Curie.
The building is shaped as a Cross and a dome comes out of its center. You can take about 425 stairs up to the dome to witness a beautiful view of the city.
After visiting Pantheon you can hang around St. Michel or stroll through the Luxembourg Gardens.
Please note that sometimes during the month of summer the price may be higher at Pantheon.
Plan to spend about 1.30 hours at Pantheon Paris.