Pantheon is a Latin word which means, “every god”. It is located at 4th arrondissement, was originally a church dedicated to St. Genevieve, the patron saint of Paris, and now converted to a mausoleum for the internment of great French heroes. The wordings above the pillars reads AUX GRANDS HOMMES LA PATRIE RECONNAISSANTE is translated as “To great men, the grateful homeland”. It is therefore built to recognize the great deeds of the great men of the country. Among those great men burried here are Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
Pantheon Main Entrance
Opposite Pantheon is Mairie du Ve Arrondissement, the 5th arrondissement town hall. This building caught my attention for its wonderful facade and architecture.
Also located in front of Pantheon, standing next to Mairie du Ve Arrondissement is Faculte du Detroit which is Paris Law Faculty, which has almost the same structire as the latter.
Walking further, we found this interesting statue of a huge naked man. The name of this sculpture is “The Mongolian” created by a Chinese artist Hong Biao Shen.
We also went accross a church called Saint-Étienne-du-Mont, also within the vicinity of Pantheon, which contains the shrine of Saint Genevieve, the patroness of Paris.