Panthéon Pictures Guide, Paris, France

Pantheon exterior view, Paris, France

Part-church, part-museum, part-mausoleum, it’s the Panthéon.

Panthéon Tourism

Pantheon's central hall, Paris, France

The Panthéon core, with Foucault’s Pendulum at the centre.

Commissioned by King Louis XV and finished in 1790, the Panthéon pays homage to Rome’s Pantheon and London’s St Paul’s. Paris’ version 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.

Foucault’s Pendulum is an exceptional example of ancient technology still at work.  The pendulum is powered by the Earth’s rotation and the constant swinging device has told the time (roughly) since 1851.

Pantheon Vers La Gloire fresco, Paris, France

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, The Pantheon, Paris, France

Monument to Diderot, a French Philosopher. Funny how many French statues, whatever the subject, manage to squeeze in a naked body or two. Hmm.

Monument to Diderot, The Pantheon, Paris, France

Visitors can climb to high points to see grand views or. . . .

Pantheon, Voltaire's tomb, Paris, France

. . . head down into the crypt to see the tombs of Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Emile Zola, Marie Curie and other notable French people.

Pantheon decapitated heads painting, Paris, France

A quite startling picture welcomes you to the ticket booth.

eiffel tower seen from pantheon, Paris, France

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!