The Pantheon in Paris, Episode 71


Pantheon-1474The Pantheon in Paris is a complicated building that started out as a Catholic Church dedicated to Sainte Geneviève, the Patron Saint of Paris, then under the French Revolution became a secular monument meant to honor French Revolutionaries, then grew to include famous authors, notable persons and patriots. It is the burial-place of French notables such as Victor Hugo, Voltaire, Louis Braille, Jean Jaurès, Marie Curie, and seventy-two more.

In this episode I give you some background on the Pantheon so you can decide if you'd like to visit it next time you're in Paris. I also address some of the controversial topics having to do with the Pantheon. Why are there so few women in the Pantheon? Why were some people taken out of the Pantheon? What does it feel like visiting the Pantheon? Four new greats were introduced into the Pantheon in June 2015. Who are they?

I answer a listener question at the end of the show on how to get from CDG airport into Paris using public transportation. Instructions on how to get to the center of Paris from CDG Terminal 1, from CDG Terminal 2 Would love more questions, click here to ask your question!

RER B signAlso, for the first time today, the French Tip of the Week on how to ask for direction to the metro or RER in Paris.

Bonjour Monsieur, je cherche le métro. Pouvez-vous m’aider ?

Triple dome of the Pantheon in Paris
Scale Model of the Triple Dome of the Pantheon in Paris

Pantheon in Paris Crypt
Pantheon in Paris Crypt

Pantheon in Paris Marie Curie
Pantheon in Paris Marie and Pierre Curie

Voltaire at the Pantheon in Paris
Voltaire at the Pantheon, a man whose wit I greatly appreciate.

Bust of Louis Braille at the Pantheon in Paris
Louis Braille who opened the doors of knowledge to blind people, and one of my personal heroes.


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Discussed in this Episode

  • Notable French people
  • Pantheon in Paris
  • Women in the Pantheon
  • Pantheon
  • Lycée Henri IV
  • Saint-Étienne-du-Mont Church
  • Jardins du Luxembourg
  • rue Souflot


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7 Replies to “The Pantheon in Paris, Episode 71”

  1. The podcasts and supplemental information have been so useful in planning our second trip to France! Thank you!

    1. Annie–I have repeatedly tried to leave a 5 star review on ITunes, but each time nothing is posted. Perhaps others listeners are experiencing the same problem…

  2. Thanks so very much for the detailed information on how to get from the airport to our hotel! I will be flying into Terminal 2A (British Air) from the US and my husband will be flying into Terminal 2E (Air France). Thanks to your help, we will both have the instructions we need to get our belated honeymoon off to a great start!

  3. The Air France bus from CDG to Paris is also very convenient and easy to use. We’ve taken it on out previous trips to Paris and will use it again when we go back this fall.

    1. Thank you for sharing that! I didn’t mention it because I’ve never used it myself and I like to just keep it to what I know, but it’s great to know that you used it and liked it! I think it’s around 20€ pp, isn’t it?

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