Pantheon, the magnificent building that was a center of Latin Education in Paris, stands between the 5th and 6th arrondissements in the Latin Quarter. Besides the French architectural wonders the magnificent building is brimming with, there are many more quirky facts related to Pantheon, which you should be aware of before visiting the place on your Paris tours.
Most Numbers of Popular Artist and Philosophers Buried
Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Alexander Dumas, Emile Zola, Victor Hugo, and many more prominent French folks were buried at the crypt here. Besides this, some filmmakers also add to the list of people buried here.
First Ever Declaration of Earth’s Rotation
It was in the indoors of Pantheon, where Leon Foucault tried to demonstrate to the other Frenchmen that the Earth rotates on its own axis. Foucault built a really large pendulum made of iron in order to prove that. However, it was later shifted to the National Conservatory of Art. Now, a replica pendulum swings here as a remembrance.
Pantheon houses many French citizens who were black such as Père, Félix Eboué, and Alexandre Dumas. Nevertheless, the remains of Dumas were shifted in 2002. The images of those people who contributed to the monument facelift are displayed along with Alexandre Cabanel murals.
A Single Woman Buried till Now
Marie Curie was the only woman to be interred among the great French men in the burial, including her physicist husband, Pierre Curie. This major change was done only in 1995. Curie’s contribution to the study of radioactivity was enshrined in the hallowed hall of Pantheon.
Purpose of the Structure Reformed after the French Revolution
The new government formed the aftermath of the French Revolution was the one responsible for changing the very purpose of the existence of the Pantheon. In its initial days under the reign of Louis XV, it was an insignia of monarchy.
At the façade of Pantheon, there is a stone inscription in French saying, “Aux grands hommes la patrie reconnaissante”. It means, “To great men, the grateful homeland”.
Second Pantheon to be Built after Rome
Apart from the specially designed dome just above the main structure, the Pantheon of Paris resembles the Ancient Pantheon of Rome, Italy. In fact, the French counterpart had got influenced by the latter.
Paramount View of Paris from the Dome
A curious traveler on Paris tours would be groping to find a perfect spot from where he/she could have a full view of the beautiful city. The mesmerizing view from the dome of Pantheon will be a perfect choice.