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.