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The Panthéon

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The Panthéon - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in Paris
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In the Latin quarter, in Paris' 5th arrondissement and not far from the Cardinal Lemoine Metro station, stands this former religious building, which was turned into a republican temple in 1791. It honours the memory of the nation's great people. Boasting an elegant portico with Corinthian columns and crowned by a splendid dome, the architect Soufflot's famous neoclassical Panthéon has some impressive dimensions: 110 metres long, 84 metres wide and 83 metres tall. Although the main floor mostly contains majestic paintings and sculptures, the crypt contains tombs of famous philosophers and writers such as Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Émile Zola and Alexandre Dumas. Great heroes of the French Resistance, such as Jean Moulin and Pierre Brossolette, and scientists like Pierre and Marie Curie are also honoured there.

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The Panthéon