The Pantheon is a building in the Latin Quarter in Paris, France.
It was initially built as a church dedicated to St. Genevieve, the patron saint of Paris in the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox traditions.
However, today Pantheon in Paris functions as a secular mausoleum containing the remains of distinguished French citizens.
Well-known people buried here are Marie Curie, Pierre Curie, Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas etc.
1. How to reach
2. Opening hours
3. Duration of tour
4. Best time to visit
5. Pantheon at night
6. Free entry
7. Pantheon Paris tickets
8. Paris Museum Pass
9. Audio Guide
10. What to see?
11. Interesting facts
Where is Pantheon in Paris
This beautiful masterpiece is located at Place du Pantheon, 75005 Paris, France.
How to reach Pantheon Paris
With so many tourists heading to the Pantheon, ‘how to reach Pantheon’ is a very popular search.
To reach the Pantheon, there are three modes of transport you can choose from.
Subway to Pantheon
Paris Subway is the fastest way of getting around the city.
It has 16 interconnected lines and is also linked to the express train RER.
The Paris Metro starts at 5.30 am and the last train arrives at the station at 1 am.
To get to Pantheon, you must reach the Cardinal Lemoine station, which is on Line 10.
From Cardinal Lemoine, the Pantheon is 400 meters (one third of a mile) and can be walked in six minutes.
RER to Pantheon
The Paris RER consists of five express train lines (A, B, C, D and E) connecting Paris city to the surrounding suburbs.
If you are trying to get to the Pantheon from one of the suburbs, you must reach the Luxembourg station.
The Luxembourg station is 650 meters from Pantheon and can be walked in ten minutes.
Bus numbers 21, 27, 83, 84, 85, and 89 can help you get to the Pantheon.
Pantheon Paris hours
All through the year Pantheon Paris opens at 10 am, but its closing time depends on the season.
During the peak season of April to September it closes at 6.30 pm and the rest of the year it closes half an hour early – at 6 pm.
Last entry is always 45 minutes before closing time.
To visit the top of the Pantheon (the Dome), the timings are –
11 am, 12 pm, 1.30 pm, 2.30 pm, 3.30 pm, 4.30 pm, 5.15 pm.
On special days, the regular timings get affected a bit.
These special days are – Easter, Easter Monday, Ascension Day, 8 May, Whitsuntide, Whit Monday, 14 July, 15 August, 1 November, 11 November.
When is Pantheon Paris closed?
Pantheon in Paris is closed on four days in a year –
1 Jan, New Year
1 May, Labor Day
25 Dec, Christmas
On 17th June, it is closed in the morning.
How long does Pantheon tour take
Pantheon Paris is a large building with lots to see, so you need at least an hour for a satisfactory tour.
If you love to get into the details and plan to use the official audio guide, you will need 90 minutes to explore the Parisian attraction.
If you want to go to the Pantheon’s Dome, you need a guide, and it costs extra.
Best time to visit Pantheon Paris
Pantheon gets busy during peak summer months, that’s why it is better to visit them as soon as they open at 10 am.
We also recommend a mid-week visit, because during the weekend Pantheon can get crowded.
If you get a chance to step out later in the day, visiting the Pantheon at night is also highly recommended.
Pantheon Paris at night
Tourists who have visited Pantheon in Paris, believe that it is better at night.
After dark, the monument gets illuminated and the view is totally different from what it is during the day.
At night, it is also less crowded.
Pantheon Paris for free
There are numerous ways to enter Pantheon Paris for free.
The entry is completely free during the European Heritage Days, in the third weekend of September.
From Jan 1 to March 31 and from Nov 1 to Dec 31, Pantheon allows free entry on the 1st Sunday of every month.
Kids below the age of 18 years and European Union nationals/ or residents below the age of 25, can enter for free every day.
The Pantheon also allows free entry to primary and secondary teachers, disabled tourists, their carers and job seekers.
Note: Even if you have to pay for Pantheon tickets we suggest you do it because it is highly rated on Tripadvisor.
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Pantheon Paris tickets
Three features of these Pantheon Paris tickets make them a hit amongst the visitors –
1. Instant ticket delivery. The tickets land in your email within minutes of purchase.
2. Smartphone tickets. You don’t need to take the ticket printouts. Just show ticket in your email, on your smartphone.
3. Priority Entrance tickets. You don’t have to wait in queue anywhere.
Price of Pantheon Paris ticket
Adult ticket (18+ years): 11.50 Euros
Youth ticket (up to 17 years): Free entry
This Pantheon ticket price doesn’t include the climb up to the top.
Tickets to go up to the rooftop of Pantheon can be bought at the site for just 2 Euros.
Pantheon and Paris Museum Pass
Paris Museum Pass is the most convenient and affordable pass as it provides access to 60 Parisian Museums, including the Pantheon.
Yes, that’s right the Paris Museum Pass provides free entry to the Pantheon.
Some of the other attractions this Paris Pass can help you access are – the Louvre, Palace of Versailles, Arc de Triomphe, Centre Pompidou etc.
You can buy this Pass for 2, 4 or 6 days and the price changes accordingly.
Price of Paris Museum Pass
2-day pass: 57 Euros
4-day pass: 73 Euros
6-day pass: 83 Euros
If along with free entry to 60+ Museums you also want free public transport, check this out
Pantheon Paris audio guide
The Parisian Pantheon has a nice audio guide you can make use of during your visit.
The Pantheon audio guide costs 3 Euros and can be bought at the venue.
The duration of this audio tour is one and a half hours.
It is available in French, English, Spanish, Italian, German, Polish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Brazilian and Russian.
The last audio guide is issued at 5:15 pm.
What is inside Pantheon Paris
Pantheon, which watches over the Latin quarter of Paris is as beautiful inside as it is outside.
It is a stone and marble structure, and one of the first things you notice as you walk in is the inscription at the entrance which reads: To great men, the grateful homeland.
You will also spot some of French sculptor Pierre-Jean David d’Angers’s best work in the pediment of the Panthéon.
He has sculpted the key liberal figures of France since the 18th century, grouped round a figure of La Patrie.
Once inside, you will see 22 Corinthian inspired columns with mosaic decorations and painting scenes from French history.
Then there are the hallways leading to vaults where the French elites such as Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas, Jean Maulin, Pierre Curie, etc. are buried.
Dome of Pantheon Paris
The Parisian Pantheon’s Dome got inspired by St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and St Paul’s Cathedral in London, and it is constructed entirely of stone.
The roof of the Pantheon consists of three domes, one within the other, with the painted ceiling, visible from below, on the second Dome.
A trip to the Pantheon in Paris can’t be complete without a visit to the Dome.
About 267 steps take you to the top – a tiring journey but worth it.
To go up to the rooftop, you need to buy tickets at the venue itself, which costs 2 Euros per person.
Pantheon Paris facts
Over the years, Pantheon has only become more interesting to the tourists visiting Paris.
This has primarily been because of all the interesting facts about the Pantheon.
Check out our list of the best trivia about this Parisian attraction –
1. It was a church
Initially, the Pantheon Paris was to be Saint Genevieve church.
In 1791, the Constituent Assembly decreed that it was ‘to receive the great men of the epoch of the French Liberty.’
The Government of the time decided to bury exceptional Frenchmen (and women) at the Pantheon.
Thereafter, it became the final resting place for men and women who put France on the map.
2. The Pantheon was built as a ‘thank you’ gesture
In 1744, King Louis XV was sick. He vowed that if he regained his health he will replace the ruined church of the Abbey of St Genevieve with a building worthy of the patron Saint of Paris.
As luck would have it, he regained his health. Without losing much time, he commissioned the building.
3. Pantheon’s construction got delayed
The foundations for the Pantheon were laid in 1758. However, France was going through a financial crisis around this period which slowed down the construction.
The remodeled Abbey of St. Genevieve was finally completed in 1790.
4. Pantheon in Rome was the inspiration
The portico, with 24 large Corinthian columns was modeled after the Pantheon in Rome.
Above the entrance, it says AUX GRANDS HOMMES LA PATRIE RECONNAISSANTE which when translated means “To great men, the grateful homeland”.
5. Scientific experiment was done in the Pantheon
Léon Foucault demonstrated an experiment in 1851 to prove that the world rotates on its axis by building a gigantic iron pendulum in the Pantheon.
After its success, the original pendulum was later returned to the Musée des Arts et Métiers, and a copy is now displayed at the Pantheon.
6. It was home to ‘The Thinker’
From 1906 to 1922 the Panthéon in Paris was home to the site of Auguste Rodin’s famous sculpture The Thinker.
Today the original marble copy of ‘The Thinker’ resides in Musee Rodin in Paris.