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.
In this article, we try and cover everything you need to know before visiting the Pantheon in Paris.
1. Reaching Pantheon Paris
2. Opening hours
3. Duration of tour
4. Best time to visit
5. Visiting at night
6. Free entry
7. Pantheon Paris tickets
8. Pantheon and Paris Museum Pass
9. Audio Guide
10. Pantheon Paris 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 – Cardinal Lemoine
From Cardinal Lemoine station the Pantheon is 550 meters. It is an 8-minute walk.
RER – Luxembourg
Luxembourg station is 650 meters from Pantheon. It is a 10-minute walk.
Bus – 21, 27, 83, 84, 85, 89
Pantheon Paris hours
This Paris tourist attraction is open 7 days a week.
Jan 2- March 31
10 am to 6 pm
Last admission at 5:15 pm
April 1- Sept 30
10 am – 6.30 pm
Last admission at 5:45 pm
Oct 1- Dec 30
10 am – 6 pm
Last admission at 5:15 pm
To visit the top of the Pantheon, the timings are –
11 am, 12 pm, 1.30 pm, 2.30 pm, 3.30 pm, 4.30 pm, 5.15 pm.
On some special days, the regular timings get affected a bit.
2- Easter Monday
3- Ascension Day
4- 8th May
6- Whit Monday
7- 14th July
8- 15th August
9- 1st November
10- 11th November
When is Pantheon Paris closed?
On some special days, Pantheon in Paris is closed. The days are –
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, and there are lots of things to see.
In one hour you can explore everything there is to see at the Pantheon Paris.
If you want to go to the rooftop of the Pantheon, you will need a guide to take you to the top (and it costs extra too).
If you love to get into the details and end up using the official audio guide, your trip may get extended to 90 minutes.
Best time to visit Pantheon Paris?
Pantheon is open all through the year, and any time is a good time to visit the Pantheon in Paris.
However, there are some times which are better than the rest.
Pantheon gets busy during peak summer months, that’s why we recommend an early morning visit. We also recommend a mid-week visit, if you can manage that 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.
Visiting 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.
Entering 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.
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 five 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 ticket
Adult ticket (18+ years): 9 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: 53 Euros
4-day pass: 67 Euros
6-day pass: 79 Euros
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.
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.