Panthéon is a tourist attraction that you must watch when you explore Paris and the off beaten paths. It was a church previously commissioned by Louis XV of France, and was later converted into the burial place of Frenchmen to have paid the ultimate price or who have been noblemen. Below are three main attractions of the Panthéon, which you can catch when on a Paris private tour to Latin Quarter anytime soon.
Foucault’s Pendulum Replica
The pendulum is named after Léon Foucault, a French physicist. It ranges 67 meters and was conceived to demonstrate earth’s rotation in an experiment done in the Panthéon way back in the 19th Century. The original of Foucault’s Pendulum is now at the Parisian museum, Musée des Arts et Métiers. The replica is still on display at the mausoleum in Latin Quarter.
The Vault and Graves of Noblemen
One among the to-do things in Panthéon is a visit to the vault residing in the building’s chamber. The crypt features the burial place of writers, scientists, and poets that France has produced. An inscription above the entrance of the subterranean chamber pays tribute to the good deeds these noblemen gave to France.
In order to get a resting place here, the person should be a National Hero as acknowledged by the parliament. Think of names such as Victor Hugo, Voltaire, Jean Moulin, and Zola, and you will come to know of their nobility.
Another one of attractions include a plaque that Jacques Chirac unveiled at the Panthéon in order to honor over 2500 individuals acknowledged as ‘Righteous Among the Nations’ for saving Jews during World War II.
Rooftop Views of Paris
Last but not the least is a panoramic view of City of Lights from atop the building. Scale the colonnade when in Panthéon that encircles the building’s dome if all you need from an ancient church is a panoramic view of the Parisian cityscapes. It provides a sweeping view of Paris city as a whole, so you should try it if possible when visiting here through a Paris private tour program.
Panthéon Paris opens each day from 10:00 am to 06:30 pm during April to September period and from 10:00 am to 06:00 pm during October to March.