The pantheon is a neoclassical building that was completed in 1790, 222 years ago. It’s full of history and it is the burial place for famous French people like Victor Hugo, Marie Curie and Voltaire. When you see this building from afar, you might not appreciate its majesticness until you stand among the HUGE columns, and you realize how small you are.
Everything from right at the entrance of Pantheon is so lavishly detailed. The columns, the ceilings and the walls. As I entered the bulding, the interior space is grand with lots of paintaings and sculptures, and it really doesn’t look 222 years old! The ceilings and the dome had a lot of my attention – so carefully crafted – everyone should definitely look up and check out the ceilings.
The facoult pendulum is a centre piece in the Pantheon which you won’t miss. It is one simple device that was the first awesome proof of Earth’s rotation. Here is how it works: The lead ball is suspended from the dome. When you observe the movement of the pendulum, the pendulum will seemingly change its path, moving clockwise, and you will see a different reading on the clock (at 8.4 degrees every hour). It is really an optical illusion. The pendulum does not change it’s path because, hey, it’s a pendulum and it only swings back and forth, not clockwise. So what really happened is, it is the floor beneath it that has rotated as a result of the rotation of Earth, and hence changing the reading on the clock. Cool stuff right?
Address: Place du Pantheon, 75005 Paris.
Tel: +33 (0)1 4321 800
Metro: Luxembourg, Cardinal Lemoine.
Opening Hours: April 1 to September 30 : 10am-6:30pm. October 1 to March 31 : 10am -6pm. Closed on 1st January, 1st May 25th December
Admission Charge: 8€ .
Inclusive in Paris Museum Pass: Yes