Strolling through the Latin quarter on the left bank of Paris, and coming out of the Luxembourg Gardens, the unexpected neoclassical architecture of the Panthéon attracts my attention.
Louis XV recovered from an illness and to thank the Lord he decided to have this imposing structure being built. Imposing? It is, as I feel very small after climbing up the stairs and standing in front of its oversized gates. It replaced the old Sainte-Genevieve church, but soon after the building was completed, the French revolution started. Its purpose was changed into a mausoleum: a burial place for Frenchmen or women who did something extraordinary or died for their country. It has served multiple purposes over the years, but now it remains a burial site for France’s most outstanding poets, scientists and writers.
Do you know who has been buried here?
Marcella & Claire
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