If you have plans of visiting Paris, Pantheon is one attraction that you should not miss. The Pantheon commissioned by Louis XV was earlier a church which was later converted into a secular mausoleum. The pantheon is also the burial place of Frenchmen who sacrificed their lives for the nation.
The construction of the edifice began in 1758 and was completed in 1790 and king Louis XV of France who ordered for the construction of the Pantheon meant it as a church but the French revolution that started by the end of the Pantheon’s construction led to the transformation of the place into the secular mausoleum that it is now.
Here is list of things that you should do if you visit the pantheon during your Paris city tours.
Watch Foucault’s Pendulum
If you have doubts about what to do first when you are at the Pantheon, know that seeing the Foucault’s pendulum is the best thing to start with. The pendulum was designed as part of demonstration of earth’s rotation conducted in the year 1851 in the Pantheon. Although the original pendulum is currently displayed at the Musée des Arts et Métiers, it’s copy is still kept for display at the Pantheon. The French ministry of Culture has included the pendulum in the list of monument historique since 1920.
Visit The Crypt
Visiting the crypt is a must-do while at the Pantheon. It is located in the subterranean chamber, which is the final resting place of world famous Frenchmen including writers, poets as well as scientists. The inscription above the entrance to the crypt reads “To the great men, the nation is grateful”. You can see the graves of philosophers including Rousseau and Voltaire, resistant Jean Moulin and writers Zola and Hugo as well as the grave of Marie Curie.
The plaque unveiled by Jacques Chirac in 2007 commemorates more than 2500 people recognized for the efforts they made to rescue Jews during the Second World War. Three quarters of the Jews in France survived the attack against them by the Nazis during the World War II due to the Frenchmen who worked to save them from anti-semitic persecution.
Enjoy The Best Views Of Paris From The Top Of The Pantheon
If you want to enjoy the best views of Paris when you are on Paris sightseeing tours, then you may climb up to the top of the Pantheon. Once you have seen all the attractions in the Pantheon, get to the top of the mausoleum by climbing the colonnade that encircles the dome to get the panoramic view of the city.
The Pantheon amazes the visitors with its attractive architecture and pays homage to the French men and women who made remarkable contributions to the world.