Bizarre Necropolis in Paris

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Daily Photo – Bizarre Necropolis in Paris

My hotel was very close to the PanthĂ©on in the Latin section of Paris, so it seemed a shame not to explore the inside.  It wasn’t really what I expected.

I thought I would have seen the traditional European cathedral stylings that are always so familiar and pretty.  I never get tired of those, but the Panthéon was a curious collection of strange crypts, giant pendulums, and other assorted agnostic items.

The necropolis holds the remains of Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, and Emile Zola, among others.

Bizarre Necropolis in Paris My hotel was very close to the Panthéon in the Latin section of Paris, so it seemed a shame not to explore the inside.  It wasn’t really what I expected.I thought I would have seen the traditional European cathedral stylings that are always so familiar and pretty.  I never get tired of those, but the Panthéon was a curious collection of strange crypts, giant pendulums, and other assorted agnostic items.The necropolis holds the remains of Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, and Emile Zola, among others.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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  • What a beautiful place – looks like it would be fun to explore!! One day I accidentally hovered the mouse over the disqus and it gave me all the stats on people who visit here – it’s not doing it now though!!

  • Anonymous

    I like the new comment system and I like your picture of the PanthĂ©on in Paris.  I’ve never seen this strange place.  Thanks to you I have a glimpse of what it is like.  I hope you can keep traveling and sharing you interesting and beautiful images of places I will never get to see.

  • Casper van Zyl

    Nice place to explore as Susan said

  • Great shot! I hope to visit this place in the summer.

    I like the Disqus system, a lot better than Facebook Comments!

  • Is the tiny child in the background yours?
    The necropolis still may not have been what you expected but made for a nice shot.
    I’m liking the new comment system.

  • Anonymous

    Comment system is good – took me a while to figure out how to set up my account, but it was easy once I clicked on DISQUS and registered :).

    I like the bizarre Necropolis photo.

  • Pierre-Alexandre Garneau

    Nice idea to show the miniature PanthĂ©on that’s inside the real one. By the way, the PanthĂ©on was originally supposed to be a church, but then the French Revolution happened. Since the revolution rejected the power of the church, they decided to turn this new building into a place to worship great men instead of to worship god.

    I’ve got a few more shots of the PanthĂ©on in my Flickr stream, if anybody’s interested: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pagarneau/6768383117/in/set-72157628838304683 (This shot and the next 4 are of the PanthĂ©on, the rest of the set are elsewhere in Paris)

  • Really enjoyed the conversation on Twitpic. 

  • What a bazaar place, but neat to see all the famous names listed on the sides!  Thanks for posting, Trey.  Have a wonderful Saturday.  Yikes, it’s almost March!!!

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks — no that one is not mine ! 🙂  hehe

  • Great photo.  I agree, the Pantheon was nothing like I was expecting but it was still very interesting.  Definitely very different than cathedrals in Europe but there was some really impressive artwork inside and the pendulum, crypt, and history of the building were quite interesting.

  • Le Pantheon was one of my favorite haunts (literally and figuratively) when I lived in Paris.  It sure is an eclectic collection of items.  Still, it is a far happier place than the Catacombs.  Nice photo, by the way.

  • Chris Hearne

    I had the same experience visting the Kaisergruft in Vienna. I was expecting to be all pretty but it was very macabe in a very cool kind of way. 

  • Thankyou for the history summary. The Pantheon is a great building. There should be more of them like this celebrating the lives of great men and women.

  • We ended up getting turned away as our Museum Pass had expired…you cant blame a guy for trying though (they were the only attendants that even looked at the pass).  

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