Panthéon mausoleum in Latin Quarter is only a stone’s throw away from Saint-Etienne-du-Mont church. This imposing church nearby the Place du Panthéon square has a blend of Renaissance and Gothic architectural styles of the 17th Century. The interior of the Parisian church features spiral staircases that lead up to a choir screen and stained glass windows. You will certainly appreciate the mosaic-like designs on the windows of Saint-Etienne-du-Mont’s cloisters and nave.
The Panthéon was built during late 18th Century by Jacques-Germain Soufflot, a French architect whose name rhymes with the Rue Soufflot street. The Panthéon is home to a crypt, which features the tombstones of noblemen who have shaped the identity of France, including French writers Voltaire and Alexandre Dumas, and French-speaking philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau. The mausoleum in Latin Quarter is also home to the replica of a pendulum, which was used to demonstrate the earth’s rotation and named after the French physicist Léon Foucault.
The dome of the Panthéon was restored following renovations in 2016. The dome features a viewing platform that offers visitors panoramic views of the cityscapes, especially the southern parts of the River Seine. The Panthéon dome is worth exploring while on Paris walking tours, especially if you love landscape photography.
The Bibliothèque Sainte Geneviève library was built during the 19th Century by Henri Labrouste, the French architect. Aside from reading books, university and high school, students visit that public state and university library to enjoy its architecture, and so can you while touring the Latin Quarter. The library has a symmetrical entranceway and has chronologically engraved names of over 800 scientists and authors under its windows. The library’s inside is replete with marble floor, wood furniture and cast iron structure that are gorgeous to look at.
La Place de la Contrescarpe square in the 5th arrondissement of Paris retains its 17th Century charm and offers an atmosphere similar to a medieval village. In fact, the sign of a past inn named La Pomme de Pin still exists above the Le Petit Gaston restaurant in the square. The tavern was where French writers like Pierre de Ronsard, François Rabelais, and Joachim du Bellay used to hang out over 400 years ago. If you want to spend timeouts, eat brunches for breakfast and do more while on Paris walking tours, don’t hesitate to visit the Latin Quarter.