Neoclassical Pantheon in Paris

The structure was built as a church in commemoration to St. Genevieve but undergone many variations which merges liturgical functions with its role as a well-known burial place.
This stucrure means "Every God"

The Pantheon in Paris is a structure in the Latin Quarter of Paris, France. In Greek, Pantheon means “Every God”. Originally, the structure was built as a church in commemoration to St. Genevieve but undergone many variations which merges liturgical functions with its role as a well-known burial place. Pantheon in Paris was an early model of Neoclassicism and is located in the 5th arrondissement on the Montagne Sainte-Geneviève.

It was designed by Jacques-Germain Soufflot who was planning to combine the light setting of the Gothic Cathedral with those classical principles. He died before completing his work and the remaining plans for the structure was not completely followed. He was not able to complete his work because of financial problems. The transparency he had arranged for his work of art was not achieved by the apprentice who finished his job. He had a lot of changes and didn’t followed the ideas of his teacher. However, it is still one of the most significant architectural accomplishments during its time and the first immense neoclassical art.
Compared to other famous structures in the city, Pantheon in Paris has its share of the story. It was built for the reason to replace the damaged Sainte-Genevieve church under the command of Louis XV who was at the same time putting up this structure as a gratefulness appreciation to God after his health had recovered.
A few years after the Pantheon in Paris was built, came the French Revolution. It was that time when the Revolutionist government converted the church into a burial place, where exceptional Frenchmen was buried. These people were the ones who sacrificed their lives for their country and those who did something great for France. The Pantheon in Paris was converted back and forth over the years but finally considered its concluding role as a mausoleum for martyrs and heroes of France. Among those who are buried here are Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Jean Moulin, Louis Braille and Soufflot himself, the architect of the Pantheon.

3 thoughts on “Neoclassical Pantheon in Paris”

  1. At first glance, the whole architectural design of the Pantheon makes it look like a government office. And to be honest, when I saw pictures of the Pantheon on the net, I actually thought the top government officials in Paris must be residing here; much like the White house. Later did I discovered how important this edifice is to the history of Paris. The fact the most of the noble men of France where buried here, gives this place a whole other level of beauty and greatness. It must be so amazing to visit this place in person. I am definitely putting this in my list of places to visit in Paris.

  2. Pantheon, similar to other buildings, was saved from the pillage by converting it to a church and then later, to a mausoleum. For Visitors, Pantheon is open from 8:30 in the morning until 7:30 in the evening from Monday to Saturday and 9 in the morning until 6 in the evening during Sundays. But on a holiday, it is open from 9 in the morning until 1 in the afternoon. The admission is free, so no worries about the entrance fee. If visiting Pantheon, try to dine in the restaurants and cafes nearby. There are some establishments around the Pantheon that offers you some solid Roman food and many more.

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