The Pantheon

pantheon view from a bridge with people walking

The Pantheon was commissioned by King Louis XV who decided to rebuild the former church dedicated to Sainte Genevieve, patron saint of Paris, in 1744. He wanted to give thanks for being cured of a serious disease, during his Siege of Metz, in eastern France. It was turned into a burial place for great men during the French Revolution. Philosophers of the 18th century, like Voltaire and Jean-Jacques Rousseau were among the first ones buried. Today the mausoleum contains approximately 80 famous characters, such as Victor Hugo, Marie Curie, hero of the French Resistance, Jean Moulin, and many others.

Choose a tour of the highlights of the Pantheon or a tour about famous women buried here including Simone Veil, former Minister of France, and the female leading figures linked to the history of Paris.

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pantheon in paris necropolis of the most famous french people

General information

Entrance fee : 9 € adult. Special conditions for groups. Opening hours : 10h-18h everyday (until 18h30 from April 1 to Sept 30). For more information click here.

Pantheon paris sainte genevieve patron saint of the city painting

The highlights

Guided tour of the most important characters of this mausoleum. Introduction to the history of this monument and its paintings and sculptures.

pantheon in paris cupola tourists visiting the monument

Women of the Pantheon

A tour related to great female figures of the Pantheon, like Simone Veil and Marie Curie, as well as Sainte Genevieve and Joan of Arc. See more women-focused tours.

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