Jan 5, 2010

The Panthéon is Neoclassicism building, with a Greek-cross plan and a massive portico of Corinthian columns. Located at the Place Panthéon, 5 th arrondissement. Its ambitious lines called for a vast building 110 meters long by 84 meters wide, and 83 meters high. The crypt is equally vast. The Panthéon's façade is modeled on that of the Pantheon in Rome, surmounted by a small dome that resembles that of St. Paul's Cathedral in London.

From the colonnade around the building's dome, I had an excellent view over Paris. It was first designed as a church, but later turned into a civil temple. Among those buried in its necropolis are Voltaire, Rousseau, Mirabeau, Marat, Victor Hugo, Emile Zola, and Soufflot its architect. The remains of Jean Moulin, hero of the French Resistence during the Second World War, were moved here by Charles de Gaulle.

Station on Paris metro: Cardinal Lemoine, Luxembourg