The Pantheon – Paris

The Pantheon, roughly translated from Greek means “to all gods”.  Originally intended as a church to the saint patron of Paris, it was later converted to a mausoleum to honour the great men and women that brought honour and respect to the nation.  The motto on the Pantheon reads ” To great men, the grateful homeland”  In 1851, physicist Léon Foucault demonstrated the rotation of the earth by constructing a 67-metre (220 ft) Foucault pendulum beneath the central dome, which is still there today.  The crypt is reserved for French heroes and the list is quite stunning.  Among those buried in its necropolis are Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Émile Zola, Jean Moulin, Louis Braille, Jean Jaurès and Soufflot, its architect. In 1907 Marcellin Berthelot was buried with his wife Mme Sophie Berthelot, the first woman to be interred. Marie Curie was the first woman interred based on her own merits. For me, this was none of the most amazing places  I visited in a long time.

 

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