View to the Panthéon, Paris
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.
When King Louis XV suffered from a serious illness in 1744 he vowed to build a church dedicated to Sainte-Geneviève if he would survive. After he recovered, he entrusted the Marquis of Marigny with the task of building the church, which was to replace the 6th century basilica, at the time known as the Abbey Sainte-Geneviève.
In 1755, the Marquis commissioned architect Jacques- Germain Soufflot to design a new, great church.
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 Assembly 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.
The large crypt, covering the whole surface of the building accommodates the vaults of great French public figures. Some of the most famous buried here are Victor Hugo, Voltaire, Jean Monnet, Marie and Pierre Curie and Emile Zola.
The Panthéon was also the place where, in 1851, the astronomer Jean Bernard Léon Foucault first held his famous experiment, proving that the world spins around its axis. The Foucault pendulum moved in 1851 to the
Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers (3e arr). In 1995, it temporarily moved back to the Panthéon due to construction works at the Conservatoire.
From the colonnade around the building's dome, you have an excellent view over Paris. For safety issues you can only go up there in company of a (free) guide at regular hours. The Panthéon itself is best seen coming from the Jardin du luxembourg through the rue Soufflot. (Source: aviewoncities/paris)
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Highmountains (1834) 2012-08-16 2:15
Simply Magnificient ! Follow the white road-marks... The broad space in the foregroung creates the regal structure of this great piece of Architecture. The calrity is incredible - considering the distance. The impression of the shadows and light helps in enhancing the beauty of the photograph. The grey white skies also play a major part in the composition. Appreciate the presence of tourists in the plaza before the Pantheon. It give a good perspective and comparison of the immense structure against the tiney human form.
Thanks for sharing.
jjcordier (62344) 2012-08-16 2:22
Même si ton travail de PP a un peu "abimé" le ciel, j'aime le cadrage que tu as réalisé de ce Panthéon très bien éclairé.
holmertz (26958) 2012-08-16 2:43
A well taken and informative picture where you have used the white lines in the street well to give depth to the composition. The light is good and you have done a careful PP.
timecapturer (30334) 2012-08-16 3:01
amazed at the number of different shots you have of Paris and all so perfectly executed. This is no exception with a great POV and exquisite detail in beautifully managed light.
Enjoy your day - regards Brian.
Gigidusud (8078) 2012-08-16 4:04
Very nice view to the Panthéon with great perspective,symmetry and good framing.Well done!
Have a nice day my friend.
JFS (32153) 2012-08-16 5:18
Majestic view over the Panthéon, that monument impressed me the first time i saw it. A marvel of pic.
thanks and best regards,
Cricri (86463) 2012-08-16 5:51
Grande et note intéressante sur ce très beau batiment "le Panthéon" Belle architecture et décoration sous une très belle lumière, bon POV
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2012-08-16 6:33
A nice image with symmetry. The white marker at the center takes you right into the door step. The architecture is beautiful with a dome and columns. The colors and sharpness are excellent.
Schnappilic (7929) 2012-08-16 7:51
Beautiful presentation of the Panthéon from Paris in a symmetric composition. Broken white line leads the eye to the beautiful architecture. Congratulations for this beautiful view!
All the best,
Sergiom (39259) 2012-08-16 8:43
Ton point de vue est superbe et un peu dangereux.Les lignes blanches donnent de la profondeur à l'ensemble et l'architecture est merveilleuse.
jlbrthnn (79773) 2012-08-16 8:57
The almost symmetrical framing, precisely describes the architecture of this monument. As usual, the picture quality is excellent. Bravo.
Have a nice day
mauro61 (52527) 2012-08-16 14:25
inquadratura frontale con una buona ripresa dal centro della strada.
Immagine che spicca per definizione e per l'ottima resa dei particolari costruttivi,
dkmurphys (36819) 2012-08-16 22:30
Beautiful postcard from the impressive place. Nice contrasts and colors, well taken.
emka (58152) 2012-08-16 23:38
Hi Georgy, You should publish your photos in book, for instance in blurb. There would be wonderful albums. Another perfect postcard from Paris, excellent composition, wonderful symmetry, colors like from old times.
rbellemare (2087) 2012-08-17 5:17
Another great urban picture. This picture got some symmetry to it. The building is quite nice and beautifully lit.
Very nicely done.
npecanhuk (53909) 2012-08-17 20:00
Very attractive picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov, vertical format, black & white borders and symmetrical composition are all excellent here too!
TFS - congrats,
siamesa (27449) 2012-08-18 0:19
Bom dia George
Spectacular capture of this famous and beautiful building. Perfect point of view.
abmdsudi (26281) 2012-08-18 9:41
Some exquisite work here. Excellent symmetry and I am pleased with this beautiful composition and pov as this view offers an immense depth with the main imposing structure standing tall with max detail possible. Pin sharp, fine clarity and superb coloring and contrast. Attractive notes as always. A pleasing image, well taken, Congrats.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-08-14
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/6.7, 1/180 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-08-16 1:59