The half-church, half-museum Panthéon.
Finished in 1790 and looking somewhat between Rome's Pantheon and London's St Paul's, Paris' Pantheon has been a church, a mausoleum and is now a kind of museum/gallery, with some wonderful frescoes, statues, a tomb or two, a bizarre pendulum clock right in the centre (Foucault's Pendulum) and views over Paris that outshine the Sacré Coeur, though not the Eiffel Tower, of course, if you have the patience to get to the top.
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The Panthéon core, with Foucault's Pendulum at the centre.
Frescoes of St Genevieve (the patron saint of Paris) are famous here but we love this soooo French cavalry charge 'Vers La Gloire'!
Monument to Diderot, a French Philosopher. Funny how many French statues, whatever the subject, manage to squeeze in a naked body or two. Hmm...
But down in the crypt Voltaire and Victor Hugo are fully dressed.
One part of a 360 degree panorama of Paris, equalled by the Notre Dame (though with metal netting interference) and bettered only by the Eiffel Tower. Sacré Coeur view? Pah! Next, Hôtel des Invalides.
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Near the Pantheon: Luxembourg Gardens (and a great creperie en route!), Hôtel des Invalides, Jardin des Plantes, Natural History Museum, Notre Dame, Ste Chapelle.
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