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The exterior, resembling San Pietro in Rome, is rather stern and forbidding, and the interior, appropriately vast and very solemn. Hushed tones of visitors and their footsteps echo through lofty halls of murals and statuary and along subterranean corridors of silent tombs. Émile Zola, Alexandre Dumas Sr. and Victor Hugo keep company in one of the niches. Scientists Marie Curie and husband, Pierre, rest together in another. Louis Braille, Jean Rousseau, René Cassin and Voltaire are some of the others honored with a place in this temple of courage, patriotism and illustrious achievement.

One note: the free brochure we picked up at the entrance said that "Joan of Arc and Saint Louis, King of France are the other famous Christian heroes from the history of France who lie here." This is an awkward wording referencing the subject matter of several of the murals and not burial location.

Entrance was included with the Paris Museum Pass. See the website below for hours, entrance fees and details.

Address: Place du Panthéon, 75005 Paris
Directions: Very near Saint-Etienne du Mont
othercontact: http://www.pantheonparis.com
Phone: 33 1 43 54 34 51
Website: http://pantheon.monuments-nationaux.fr/en/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 3, 2013
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2014 at 5:18 AM

    Ironically, Victor Hugo didn't even like the Pantheon. He called it a bad copy of St. Peter's in Rome.
    Neither Rousseau nor Voltaire would have been happy about being buried close to the other.


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