Soufflot’s magnificent religious edifice was built to satisfy Louis XV’s wish to glorify the monarchy with a church dedicated to St-Genevieve, the patron saint of Paris.
The monument was deconsecrated in 1791 during the Revolution and declared the national Pantheon. In the turbulent 19th century of changing regimes, the Pantheon was used alternately as a church and patriotic lay temple. Since 1885, the date when Victor Hugo was buried here, the monument has been the final resting place for France’s most illustrious figures.
This iconic monument has the most beautiful and stunningly preserved architecture, painted decors and interior sculpture.
> Unaccompanied tour with guide booklet in French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, and Polish.
Place du Panthéon, Paris 5e.
+33 (0) 1 44 32 18 00.
10am-6:30pm from 04.1 to 09.30 ; 10am-6pm from 10.1 to 03.31. Last entry 45 min prior to closing. Closed on 01.1, on 05.1 and on 12.25.
-18s and -26s (E.U citizens and residents) free.
No entry fee on the first Sunday of each month from 1.11 to 3.31 inclusive
Please note : Due to the restoration work on the Dôme du Panthéon, access to the colonnade will be closed from 1 August 2012. The monument will remain open throughout the work and visitors will have unrestricted access to the nave and crypt.The upper parts will re-open in April 2014.