By Chelsea Sainvistal

Panthéon means "Every god" and is a building in the Latin Quarter of Paris,France


It was originally built because it replaced the damage of the St.Genevieve church under orders of Louis XV also for gratitude to God after his health recovered.

Saint Geneviève, French Sainte Geneviève, German Sankt Genovefa (born c.422, city, Nanterre, France?—died c. 500, Paris; feast day January 3), patron saint of Paris, who allegedly saved that city from the Huns.

When she was seven, Geneviève was induced by Bishop St. Germain of Auxerre to dedicate herself to the religious life. On the death of her parents she moved to Paris, where she is said to have predicted the invasion of the Huns. WhenAttila threatened Paris (451), she persuaded the inhabitants to remain, assuring them that the attack would be inconsequential; Attila’s army went on to Orléans, 70 miles (110 km) from Paris, and was defeated. Geneviève is reported to have had great influence over King Childeric I of the Salian Franks and, in 460, to have had a church built over the tomb of Saint Denis, patron saint of France.

She was buried in the Church of the Holy Apostles, popularly known as the Church of Sainte-Geneviève. During the French Revolution in 1793, her body was burned on the Place de Grève; the relics were enshrined in the Church of Saint-Étienne-du-Mont, where they still attract pilgrims.

- Thanks to Encyclopedia Britannica

Jaques-Germain Soufflot

Jaques-Germain Soufflot was the one who built and planned out the building but he died before he could finish. But those who took over his plans weren't entirely followed. After the building was finished there was the French Revolution. The revolutionists government changed it into a mausoleum to burry execptional Frenchman who sacrificed lives for country who did great for france . It flipped back to being a church over the but has been a long lasting role as a burial place.

About The Building

The Panthéon has a cyrpt in the subterranean chamber( final resting placefor well known and historically famous) which includes writers, poets, and scientists. These people include:

  • Voltaire
  • Rousseau
  • Victor Hugo
  • Marat
  • Emile Zola
  • Jean Moulin
  • Soufflot
  • Louis Braille
  • Marie Curie
(*subterranean- done under the earth's sufarce)

Inside pics of the Panthéon