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Place du Panthéon, 75005 Paris, France

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Churches/Religious Sites, Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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Situated in the Latin Quarter – or 5th arrondissement – of Paris, the Panthéon is a large church and burial ground with a storied history. The structure was completed in 1789 at the start of the French Revolution, and it served as a mausoleum, a church and an art gallery throughout its early years. In 1851, scientist Leon Foucault installed the Foucault pendulum within the building to demonstrate the rotation of the Earth. The pendulum was removed and replaced a number of times, and a replica was installed in 1995 and is still in operation today. The Panthéon also contains a crypt where a number of important historians, philosophers, scientists and writers are buried, including Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Marie Curie.

Most recent travelers loved seeing the museum's noteworthy gravesites and Foucault's pendulum. They also recommended taking a dome tour for exceptional views of Paris; you’ll see the Eiffel Tower from the top, as well as many other well-known landmarks. Still, some visitors said the admission fee is too high.

You can visit the Panthéon every day of the week between 10 a.m. and 6 or 6:30 p.m. (depending on the season). The site is closed a few days each year, including Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Admission costs between 7 and 9 euros (about $8 to $10), but those who have a Paris Pass can get in for free. Audio guides are available for an extra 3 euros (about $3) per person. Travelers can wander through the premises on their own (the Panthéon's website suggests allotting about an hour to do this) or with a guide. Some guided tours are free of charge during the spring, while 1.5-hour, lecture-based tours cost 15 euros (about $17) per person. Dome tour tickets can be purchased online or on-site. To learn more, visit the Panthéon's website.        

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