The Panthéon

By:Alissa Goytia

What is the Panthéon?

It was originally built as a church dedicated to St. Genevieve, but in the French Revolution many changes happened, and it became a famous burial place. That is why the Panthéon is sacred ground in Paris. During the war King Louis XV was ill and he vowed that he would build a basilica if he recovered. While he was sick he prayed to the patron saint of Paris, Saint Geneviève. When he finally recovered he dedicated this extraordinary building after her name.

Many important people are buried here such as Félix Éboué, a member of the colonial administration, became the first dark-colored Frenchman to enter into the hallowed ground, in 1949. All but one of the 71 great men are, indeed, men. Marie Curie, the first woman to enter into the hallowed ground, in 1995, is buried here with her husband.

Where is the Panthéon?

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Why I choose this topic?

I choose the Panthéon because of how beautiful it is. I figured since there are so many extraordinary features in the Panthéon that it will be a topic full with information. The Panthéon looked to me like I could learn a lot from it because it was a beautiful old building that stored many secrets.

The Pantheon - Paris

How are the Panthéon in Paris and the Pantheon in Rome different?

Many people get the Paris Panthéon and the Roman Pantheon confused, but they are very different. The Roman Pantheon was built for gods. The Paris Panthéon was built as a church dedicated to St. Genevieve, but was later on change. The Paris Panthéon dome features three superimposed shells, similar to the St. Paul's Cathedral in London. Iron reinforcements were added to strengthen the structure even more. The exterior of the Roman Pantheon dome is covered with lead plates, which replaced the original gilded bronze tiles. Hadrian, the architect, filled the interior with a mound of dirt with gold to make sure it would be removed after the construction was complete. The only reason they seem so alike is because the Roman Pantheon is a model for the Paris Panthéon.

Paris Pantheon, Paris (France) - Travel Guide


The man responsible for the construction was Marquis of Marigny, however during the process he died. The completion of the basilica was delayed until 1789. When he died his assistant Guillaume Rondelet toke charge of the project. Inside the Panthéon they constructed the Corinthian columns that make up the front façade. Also the Panthéon's dome features three superimposed shells. Iron reinforcements were added to strengthen the structure even more. The construction of the Panthéon was started in 1757 and was ended in 1791.

The Panthéon is guaranteed to be awesome!!!

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