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Le Panthéon is a building in the Latin Quarter of Paris.  The building was constructed as a church, but later during the middle of the French Revolution was turned into a burial place for important French citizens.  It is 110 meters by 85 meters (361×279 ft.), and 83 meters high (279 ft.). This massive building was created because King Louis XV had fallen ill and said that if he recovered he would rebuild the ruined church of  Saint-Geneviève, the patron saint of France.  She was also buried at the ruined church.  So when his health returned, the king kept his promise. It’s plan was originated in 1744.  Building began in 1757 and finished in 1791. The architect that designed the building was Jacques-Germain Soufflot.  He was asked by the Marquis of Marigny (in charge of the king’s buildings) to create the church.  When Soufflot died in 1780, his coworker,  Guillaume Rondelet took over and finished the project.  Building the church took 34 years mainly because of money problems. MAJOR HISTORICAL EVENTS Foucault’s PendulumIn 1851, Jean Bernard Léon Foucault, the astronomer, had discovered that the Earth spins on its axis.  He conducted his first major experiment by building a 67 meter (220 ft) pendulum under the central dome of the Pantheon to show how the Earth rotates.Rodin’s ThinkerFrance’s own Auguste Rodin’s famous sculpture, The Thinker, was displayed at the Pantheon from 1906 to 1922.Other Famous French Individuals Buried at Le PanthéonThe Pantheon holds the graves of many famous French people. Victor Hugo – the famous writer (Les Miserables, The Hunchback of Notre Dame)Alexandre Dumas – the famous writer (The Three Musketeers,  The Count of Monte Cristo) Louis Braille – who created a reading and writing system for the blindMarie  Curie – discovered the elements radium and polonium   DesignThe main design of the Pantheon is a Greek cross.  The portico (basically it’s front porch) was modeled after the Pantheon in Rome, Italy, with gigantic Corinthian columns.  The dome is three large shells that lay on top of each other.  Inside, the entire surface of the building is one large crypt where all the great, French public figures are buried.LOCATION – How you can get to the PantheonAdmission Prices and Hours of OperationThe cost of visiting Le Pantheon is 9€ ($11.15). It’s open seven days a week from 10:30am – 6:30.Le Pantheon Tour Video