Protest at the Pantheon

Protest at the Pantheon

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I guess it wouldn't be Paris without student protests. This one was pretty small though. I do have to thank them for bringing the red flags, they are great against that ultra blue sky.

The Pantheon is a massive building: it's longer than a football field and, at it's widest point, wider than one too. I guess it should be big, Louis XV had it built because he was just grateful to be alive. He had been ill and promised, that if he survived, he would rebuild the destroyed church of the Abbey of St Genevieve.

He didn't live to see it built By the time it was, the revolution was about to start and his new church was no longer going to be a church and his replacement, grandson Louis XVI, well, he ended up in the guillotine. I'd say 'what do you expect? it took fifty years to build.' but fifty years is not that long for churches (see: Gaudí).

The building survived, is now a mausoleum and in it are the bodies of some pretty impressive names: Rousseau, Voltaire, Zola, Hugo, Curie (Marie), Dumas are all here. Jean-Paul Marat's body was here - he was one of the leading people who put Louis' head in the guillotine - but was removed after only three years. There are tours of the crypt where you can go underground and check out the resting places of these huge figures in french history.

Unfortunately, we arrived a little late in the afternoon and we weren't able to go inside. I'd be willing to go back to Paris just to see that but, then again, I'm really just looking for any reason to go back there.

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Camera: NIKON D80
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Focal Length: 18 mm
35mm Focal Length: 27 mm
Exposure: 1/100 sec
Aperture: f 8
ISO: 100


Taken: 2009-06-02 17:53:09
Posted: 2011-01-27 | 16:17





Protest at the Pantheon

Protest at the Pantheon

I guess it wouldn't be Paris without student protests. This one was pretty small though. I do have to thank them for bringing the red flags, they are great against that ultra blue sky.

The Pantheon is a massive building: it's longer than a football field and, at it's widest point, wider than one too. I guess it should be big, Louis XV had it built because he was just grateful to be alive. He had been ill and promised, that if he survived, he would rebuild the destroyed church of the Abbey of St Genevieve.

He didn't live to see it built By the time it was, the revolution was about to start and his new church was no longer going to be a church and his replacement, grandson Louis XVI, well, he ended up in the guillotine. I'd say 'what do you expect? it took fifty years to build.' but fifty years is not that long for churches (see: Gaudí).

The building survived, is now a mausoleum and in it are the bodies of some pretty impressive names: Rousseau, Voltaire, Zola, Hugo, Curie (Marie), Dumas are all here. Jean-Paul Marat's body was here - he was one of the leading people who put Louis' head in the guillotine - but was removed after only three years. There are tours of the crypt where you can go underground and check out the resting places of these huge figures in french history.

Unfortunately, we arrived a little late in the afternoon and we weren't able to go inside. I'd be willing to go back to Paris just to see that but, then again, I'm really just looking for any reason to go back there.

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Camera: NIKON D80
Lens Type:
Focal Length: 18 mm
35mm Focal Length: 27 mm
Exposure: 1/100 sec
Aperture: f 8
ISO: 100


Taken: 2009-06-02 17:53:09
Posted: 2011-01-27 | 16:17


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