Paris' Pantheon is visible out our hotel window. On Sunday, we set out to get a closer look at this neo-classical structure that was completed in 1790.
This Pantheon is modeled after the ancient Roman one.
France's King Louis XV is credited, in 1744, with the idea for this magnificent structure. If he recovered from an illness (which he did), the king vowed to replace a ruined church that had been at this Latin Quarter location with one worthy of Paris' patron St. Genevieve.
Construction would not begin until 1758 and would take 32 years to finish.
It is easy to see why it took so long! The temple-like shape and ornate design elements are amazing.
In 1791, according to the brochure, the monument was transformed into the National Pantheon.
"The huge sanctuary was returned to its role as a church twice during the 19th century, before being definitively reinvested with its civic function in 1885, for (prominent French poet, novelist and dramatist) Victor Hugo's funeral."
Murals, paintings and sculptures convey important parts of France and Paris history.
La Convention Nationale commemorates, in 1792, France's move to a Republican government, turning away from rule by monarchy.
Joan of Arc's burning at the stake is shown in vivid detail in a large painting that covers most of one wall.
Wow, what views from up here!
We gladly paid and were treated to these spectacular views of Paris, from all directions.
Canon was able to fix it and it's as good as new. So glad she appreciates it and is putting it to good use during our various outings.