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The story of the French Republic in a giant box? The Pantheon, a Temple to Reason and the Sacred

The Pantheon needs very little – if any – introduction as one of Paris’ most famous monuments to the minds and souls that gave shape to the French republic. Initially commissioned by the throne as a sacred monument to the Patron Saint of Paris St. Genevieve, the structure was subsequently converted into a monument to both the sacred and secular forces that laid the foundation of France’s several republics. Well, it is a bit creepy that the Pantheon’s primary lure are tombs – the bones of dead people, however famous they are, packaged into impressive feats of sculpture, architecture and art. Nonetheless, this eerie but elaborate, impressive structure – with some of the most impressive Corinthian columns anywhere – is worth the time it takes to have a look around. The artwork and monuments are impressive – from baroque-esque murals to depictions of several famous French historical figures from King Clovis I, Joan of Arc, Saint Genevieve (of course) to Victor Hugo and Alexander Dumas – it is a worthwhile pilgrimage to make to this …