Tourist Guide Paris

The Panthéon

Panthéon - burial mound (translation of Pantheon)
Source: Photographer: Birgit Winter

In the large Pantheon- burial mound (translation of Pantheon) one will find great personalities buried, who participated and made a difference in the course of French history. Names like Marie Curie, Victor Hugo, Jea-Jacques Rousseau and Emile Zola are just a few well known personalities who found their final peace in the Pantheon!

The Pantheon thus serves as the largest hall of fame in France and every year attracts not just visitors but also many pilgrims on their travels towards inner enlightenment. Louis the XV in 1974 gave the order to build the Pantheon. Originally the building served as a church. During the famous French Revolution the church however took on an entirely different meaning. Here the famous French were buried and this tradition is still held to today. The building is particularly famous for the discovery or the evidence for the earth’s rotation by the physicist ‘Jean Bernard León Foucault’. He hung a pendulum in the dome of the Pantheon with which he was able to demonstrate the rotation.

Despite the Pantheon being France’s largest Hall of Fame, two great personalities are not buried here. Napoleon and Charles de Gaulle were even bigger personalities and could hence only be buried at greater places of nobility. Napoleon found peace in under the dome of Les Invalides whilst De Gaulle was buried in his home town.