The interior dome of the Pantheon in Paris

Elana Bailey

Unley, Australia

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This was taken inside the Pantheon in Paris, France. This is the interior dome of the Pantheon. It is a magnificent building and the architecture is superb. I used a Canon DSLR EOS 550D camera and 18-55mm lens.

The Panthéon (Latin: Pantheon, from Greek Πάνθεον meaning “Every god”) is a building in the Latin Quarter in Paris. It was originally built as a church dedicated to St. Genevieve and to house the reliquary châsse containing her relics but, after many changes, now functions as a secular mausoleum containing the remains of distinguished French citizens. It is an early example of neoclassicism, with a façade modeled on the Pantheon in Rome, surmounted by a dome that owes some of its character to Bramante’s “Tempietto”. Located in the 5th arrondissement on the Montagne Sainte-Geneviève, the Panthéon looks out over all of Paris. Designer Jacques-Germain Soufflot had the intention of combining the lightness and brightness of the gothic cathedral with classical principles, but its role as a mausoleum required the great Gothic windows to be blocked.

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