36/50.- Paris, Pantheon


The Pantheon was originally designed to be a church in times of Louis XV. The king wanted to dedicate a monument to Saint Geneviève, after he recovered from a serious illness. But the monument was not completed till 1789, when French Revolutionaries used it to bury famous French people. Among others, Voltaire, Marie Curie, Victor Hugo, and Émile Zola rest in peace in the crypt beneath the church. The Pantheon is also famous because Foucault conducted his famous experiment with a pendulum in this building.

We will now visit the 'Place de Republique', on the other river bank ...

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