Everyday on my walk to the library, I would see the grand structure of the Panthéon and its dome. Originally a church, it is now a famous crypt. You definitely have to go inside to see the exceptional architecture.
I don’t know what I was expecting. A friend had told me that there was a nice view from the top, so I was only really expecting that, I suppose.
But the inside is so detailed, and beautiful. The ceilings in particular were so striking. It was built in the end of 18th century by the French architect Soufflot, which is why the “Rue Soufflot” leads down to the Luxembourg Gardens.
You can take some stairs down to the crypt. The Pantheon crypt holds the likes of Voltaire, Rousseau and Marie Curie.
Not only that, but you can also pay 2 euro to climb the stairs up to the dome, for a wonderful view of Paris. It is an assisted tour, so you’ll have to check out the times – don’t expect to be able to climb it freely as soon as you arrive. There are quite a lot of steps (276), but it really doesn’t feel like that many. This is because you make 2 stops, to see the interior of the Pantheon from a height also. I really enjoyed this, as it made the whole experience so much better.
Metro RER B Luxembourg, or Line 4 Odeon.