The Panthéon, an imposing 19th century building, was first designed as a church, but later turned into a civil temple.
On top of the montagne Ste-Geneviève, not far from the Sorbonne University and the Jardin du Luxembourg, the Panthéon looks over the Quartier Latin. As far back as 507, this site was chosen by King Clovis - the first Frankish Merovingian King - for a basilica to serve as a tomb for him and his wife Clothilde. In 512 Sainte-Geneviève, patroness of Paris was buried here.
Construction of the imposing building started in 1757. Mainly due to financial problems, it would take 34 years until the project was completed. After Soufflot's death in 1780, his associate Guillaume Rondelet took charge of the project. The building was finished in 1791, in the midst of the French Revolution.
That same year, the Constituent
Interior of the PanthéonAssembly of the Revolution decided by decree to transform the church into a temple to accommodate the remains of the great men of France. The building was adapted by architect Quatremère de Quincy to its new function as a pantheon.
In 1806 the building was turned into a church again, but since 1885 the Panthéon serves as a civic building.
The floorplan shows a Greek-cross layout, 110m long and 85m wide (361 x 279 ft). The large dome reaches a height of 83m (279ft). The portico, with large Corinthian columns was modeled after the 2nd century Pantheon in Rome.
The dome features three superimposed shells, similar to the St. Paul's Cathedral in London. Iron reinforcements were added to strengthen the structure even more.
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papagolf21 (76515) 2011-12-07 12:17
Bonsoir, cher Ovidiu,
J'apprécie toutes tes photos de Paris. C'est savoir visiter Paris en long et en large. Parisien de naissance, je ne suis pas certain d'avoir vu tous les trésors de la capitale !
Le noir et blanc convient parfaitement pour cette présentation du Panthéon.
bema (25936) 2011-12-07 12:21
have visited Paris as a younf boy, bu i think i can rember this building in my mind.. good captue here, an the black and white plus the format ae working very well..
have a nice evening, see you soon, cheers Bernd
emilbo (20838) 2011-12-07 12:25
Excellente prise de vue et bien choisi le N/B pour cette magnifique photo. Beau dégradé de tons qui passe du noir au blanc par toute la gamme de gris. Bel éclairage d'après-midi qui donne de beau contraste.
Toutes mes félicitations et bonne soirée,
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2011-12-07 12:38
A lovely capture of the Panthenon. I like the architecture with those columns. The black and white works very well here. A decent crowd makes the scene very lively. Nice sharp image.
pajaran (36190) 2011-12-07 13:04
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst sa podacima i istorijom zgrade ...
Lep pogled na ulicu i staru zgradu, lepa crno-bela fotografija.
Dobra snimka , perspektiva i kompozicija, moje cestitke na dobrom prikazu.
Prijatno vece i mirna noc sa lepim snom.
Very interesting and good text data and history of the building ...
Nice view of the street and the old building, beautiful black and white photos.
Good shot, perspective and composition, my congratulations on a good view.
Pleasant evening and a quiet night with a beautiful dream.
All the best.
kordinator (13411) 2011-12-07 13:20
Nice b&w composition.
Many nice architectural details.
You presented it nicely with great depth and sharpness. Excellent tonal quality and nice light and shadows.
Budapestman (82620) 2011-12-07 13:47
a beautiful photo of this imposing building, the POV is superb, great details and lights, the composition is spectacular, Tfs! Have a nice evening! Kellemes estét kívánok!
mauro61 (52527) 2011-12-07 14:14
buona la resa di questo tuo B/W con un'ottima luce che rende viva la scena.
Inquadratura che include anche gli edifici circostanti,
JFS (32107) 2011-12-07 22:45
This is one of my favorites monuments in Paris and love your POV. The lines of the street lamps leads the eye to the subject. B&W is a good option here.
Thanks and best regards,
danyy (0) 2011-12-08 0:07
photo en N&B nette, détaillée et bien exposée.
Un monument bien mis en valeur.
npecanhuk (53889) 2011-12-08 0:27
Beautiful urban environment with wonderful architectural details (specially, the Panthéon)!
Highlights: black & white for picture and borders, vertical format, chosen pov, composition and management of light!
TFS - congrats,
Nicou (97637) 2011-12-08 2:46
sueprbe compo e timage quelle belle coupole avec ce lampadaire le graphsime de barrière merveilleuse image viviante animée et architectural.e
Bravo et maitié
maria-v1981 (10403) 2011-12-08 9:24
I love the symmetry of this image. Every detail is in the suitable point. Excellent pov,clarity and sharpness.
The architecture of Pantheon is wonderful.
Have a nice evening,
siudzi (23857) 2011-12-08 11:42
Wow! What an amazing shot of this Paris icon! Absolutely a great image captured form a well selected point of view to present a beauty of the architecture. Bravo!
Silvio1953 (98093) 2011-12-09 0:32
Ciao Ovidiu, wonderful perspective on lovely monument, splendid B&W, beautiful details and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
jhm (122410) 2011-12-09 3:35
Perhaps one advice for future, place a second picture in color.
I am no great fan of black and white.
Nevertheless a very good picture excellent care off.
Nice perspective and depth picture.
Excellent composition, good presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
jemaflor (68867) 2011-12-09 5:05
Nice monument with interesting architecture, perfect in b&w for contrast, well framed from this angle.
sacimar (25957) 2011-12-09 8:23
excellent image of the Pantheon, I like the B&W here, it was a good choice, the details are very good, the street lamp completes perfectly the composition, well seen,
Have a good weekend,
SWEETFREEDOM (18411) 2011-12-09 10:13
b/w suits well in this picture, i like the light and superb sharpness.
- Copyright: Ovidiu Sotiriu (Schnappilic) (7927)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2011-08-20
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 450D, 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS EF-S, RAW, 58mm Hoya UV
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- Date Submitted: 2011-12-07 12:07
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