King Louis XV 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 and the female leading figures linked to the history of Paris.
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My favorite monuments
Join me to visit some of my favourite monuments of Paris. The Opera Garnier has an unbelievable architecture and it keeps fascinating me.
The Pere Lachaise cemetery is really a place to stroll around, to discover its amazing statues and graves. Its quiet alleys surrounded by old trees, are full of charm.
Basilica of Saint Denis is a delightful monument, where you can appreciate the most important number of recumbent medieval statues and the first example of the gothic style in France.