The PantheonThe Panthéon [Place du Panthéon +33 144321800 ad/ch €8/Free] in the Latin Quarter of Paris, is one Paris's iconic buildings. Endowed with a grand neoclassical structure, the exterior of the pantheon remains rather simple, as it was modelled after the Roman version. However, its marble interior is rich in detail (albeit slightly gloomy, as little light gets into the building). Erected by Jacques-Germain Soufflot, the building was intended to be a church for St-Geneviéve and its works started in 1750. However, its opening was delayed till 1789 due to financial and structural issues. After serving as a church for little over two years, the pantheon quickly became a mausoleum for housing the remains of distinguished French citizens. Today, the pantheon houses the remains of over 80 notable French figures like Voltaire, Rousseau, Émile Zola and Marie Curie (the first female to be interred here with honours to her contributions). Famous French writer Alexander Dumas (author of the Three Musketeers) was also interred here recently, almost 132 years after his death.

The St Étienne-du-Mont
[1 place Ste-Geneviève, +33 143541179] church stands at the abbey of St Geneviève, right beside the Panthéon. Dedicated to the patroness of Paris, the church houses her remains as well as those of Blaise Pascal and Jean Racine. It is also home to a particularly beautiful rood screen that is accompanied by elegant spiral staircases on either side.