"Home of the Focault Pendulum" Panthéon Tip by Rojo72

Panthéon, Paris: 108 reviews and 253 photos

by Rojo72

The Pantheon, the large building with its colombs making it look like the Partenon on the Akropolis in Athens is today the place where the french bury their great men, "Aux grands hommes de la Republique". Apart from being a great man you'll also have to work for the good of the republique to rest there and also you'll have to approve of being put to rest there before dieing.

Men like Rousseau, Voltaire and Victor Hugo all have their last rest here along with many men including some heroes of the resistance during WWII.

The Pantheon is also where you'll find the Focault pendulum. It was the experimient Focualt made to prove that the earth is turning. It consists basically of a pendulum above a round piece of wood where the hours have been marked. As the time goes the pendulum swings over the corresponding hour. Or in other words, the Pantheon, you and I and the world is turning around the pendulum.

If you want to go up to the round tower it is possible (I don't know if you have to follow a guide really) and there are guided tours in both french and english regadring the structure itself, its history and what's in it.

The entrance fee was 7 Euros I think (July 2004).

Address: Place du Panth?on, 75005 Paris
Directions: 5th Arr, Metro Monge or Cardinal Lemoine (or take a walk through the St German des Prýs)
Phone: 33 1 43 54 34 51
Website: http://www.pantheon.monuments-nationaux.fr/en/

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  • Updated Aug 6, 2004
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