Definitive guide

Panthéon

A secularised monument and a repository for some of the greatest French citizens, the Panthéon is one of Paris’ most iconic complexes.

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Built between 1758 and 1790, the Panthéon in Paris has seen many changes in its intended functions and purposes. Nonetheless, it remains one the city’s most beloved monuments.

Initially the construction was initially intended as a church, but with the arrival of the French Revolution , it was deemed more appropriate to turn it into a burial site for the remains of distinguished French citizens. After that, the Panthéon was restored to church usage twice, only to finally be exclusively declared a mausoleum.

Panthéon in Paris
Above the Panthéon’s entrance you can read the words “Aux grands hommes la patrie reconnaissante”, meaning “To the great men, the grateful homeland”.

Although the original design had more of a Gothic influence, the Panthéon’s style - with the dome and the columnades - is distinctly Neoclassical and inspired by Rome’s Pantheon.

Inside, on the higher level, you can admire the breathtaking architecture of the halls and their bas-reliefs. Down below, you can also visit the crypt itself, a true necropolis. Here are the tombs of those that have been granted the title of National Heroes. Among those buried in here are Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas, Émile Zola, Marie Curie, and Louis Braille.

The Panthéon receives so many visitors year-round that it has become mandatory to reserve an entry ticket in advance. You can get yours here . It is truly one of the most relevant buildings in Paris, so we recommend you get your ticket as soon as possible.

Location

Place du Panthéon, Latin Quarter, 5th arrondissement

Tickets and price

The Panthéon has recently started requesting its visitors to reserve their entrance in advance. This means that if you don’t book your ticket beforehand you won’t be able to visit the Panthéon. You can book your ticket for the monument here .

Type
Price
Type Regular Under 18 or EEA citizens under 26
Price €11.50 free

If along with the Panthéon you plan on visiting other monuments or museums in Paris, we highly recommend the Paris Museum Pass, which will give you free access to all the most important sights in the city. You can get yours here .

Schedule

Date
1st Apr - 15th June
15th Jun - 30th Sept
1st Oct - 31st Mar
1.01, 1.08, 1.11, 11.11, 25.12
Date Opening time Last admission Closure
1st Apr - 15th June 10:00 am 5:45 pm 6:30 pm
15th Jun - 30th Sept 10:45 am 6:15 pm 7:00 pm
1st Oct - 31st Mar 10:00 am 5:15 pm 6:00 pm
1.01, 1.08, 1.11, 11.11, 25.12 closed closed closed

Transport

Method
Lines
Stops
Method Métro Bus RER
Lines 10 21, 27, 38, 75, 82, 84, 85, 89 B
Stops Cardinal Lemoine Luxembourg

Nearby sights

Université Paris-Sorbonne 450 metres (almost 0.3 miles), 5-minute walk

Jardin du Luxembourg 550 metres (over 0.3 miles), 7-minute walk

Musée Cluny 600 metres (under 0.4 miles), 7-minute walk

Notre Dame Cathedral 850 metres (0.5 miles), 10-minute walk

Jardin des Plantes 1 km (0.6 miles), 11-minute walk

Île Saint-Louis 1.2 km (over 0.7 miles), 15-minute walk


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Panthéon