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Situated at the heart of Paris’ atmospheric Latin Quarter, the Panthéon makes a popular photo stop on walking or bike tours of the Left Bank. Independent visitors can save time by pre-booking skip-the-line tickets; additionally, entrance is free to Paris Museum Pass holders.
Things to Know Before You Go
Visitors are required to undergo security checks and large bags and suitcases are not permitted inside.
Audio guides are available in 11 different languages.
The Panthéon interiors are not wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
The Paris Panthéon is located at the Place du Panthéon in Paris’ Latin Quarter in the 5th arrondissement. You can easily walk to the Panthéon from nearby attractions such as Notre Dame Cathedral and the Luxembourg Gardens; alternatively, the closest Metro stop is Maubert-Mutualité (Line 10).
When to Get There
The Panthéon is open daily year round, but it can get busy in the peak summer months. Opt for a mid-week or early-morning visit to escape the crowds, or visit after dark when the grand monument is dramatically illuminated.
Exploring the Panthéon
Built as church dedicated to Sainte-Geneviève, the original Panthéon was the work of architect Jacques-Germain Soufflot and deconsecrated in the 19th century. Today, visitors can admire its Corinthian columns and magnificent dome, then head inside to explore the crypt, see Foucault's Pendulum, and climb the 206 steps to the colonnade, which offers views of landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the Arc de Triomphe.
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