Wednesday, October 14, 2009

La Nécropole du Panthéon


Orginally the Panthéon was built as a church dedicated to the patron saint of Paris, St. Genevieve. Today it is used for some liturgical functions, but it is mainly known as a famous burial place. The inscription above the entrance states, "Aux Grands Hommes La Patrie Reconnaissante" ( To the great men, the grateful homeland). Indeed, this is the final resting place for France's most revered heroes and one heroine, Madame Marie Curie. ( Of note, there are several other women that were buried alongside their husbands) This photograph was taken when Peter and I visited the necropolis. The Panthéon is in the 5th and is a site not to be missed. Be sure and visit the *Église Saint Etienne du Mont nearby while you are there.

* Sunday, I will post photos of Église Saint Etienne du Mont.

8 comments:

Karen said...

I have been to St. Etienne twice now but am waiting for my roommate to arrive to do the Pantheon. It is right up the street from me.

Shell Sherree said...

Virginia, at the risk of directly quoting you, "Where oh WHERE have I been???" I should be doing yoga and going to bed and instead I'm saying to myself, "I'll just scroll a little further..." Talk about eye candy. Beats a naked faun any day in my book. :)

Virginia said...

Shell,
HAAA! I'm not sure anything I have here can beat the naked faun that Eric treated us to! Whew!!!

Daryl said...

Awesome is the only thing I could think of when I saw this .. tho the header shot makes me wish I was there ..

altadenahiker said...

That is an awesome eyeful at 7 in the morning. Well, at anytime really. So, no writers? Otherwise Collette surely would be there.

Starman said...

I could be wrong about this, but I believe the Panthéon is the building upon which our Capital Building was based.

Victor said...

Excellent!

Maya said...

You got a photo sans people. Wow, very nice! BTW, I looked all over for Marie, but couldn't find her down there. Did you?