The Pantheon, inside

Day three. This is the interior of the Panthéon, constructed in the late 1700s as a church to St. Geneviève, the patron saint of Paris, and then turned into a memorial for honored French citizens after the French Revolution in 1789. Buried in the crypts downstairs are Rousseau, Voltaire, Pierre and Marie Curie, Victor Hugo, Emile Zola, and many others.

The long row of posters down the middle of the building are portraits of South African children, originally displayed in Soweto. Hanging under the large dome is a model of Foucault's Pendulum.

 

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