Le Panthéon

Begun before the Revolution as a church to Sainte-Geneviève, it was repurposed as the resting place of notable French people. The inscription under the cornice reads “Aux grands hommes la patrie reconnaissante” (To great men from the grateful nation)

And I know what you’re wondering: are there any women buried here? Answer: yes, a few! Out of 81 people as of December 2021, six are women:

  • Marcellin Berthelot (19th century chemist) is here with his wife Sophie
  • Marie Curie was next, on her own merits (moved there in 1995, along with Pierre Curie)
  • Geneviève de Gaulle-Antonioz and Germaine Tillon, heroines of the French Resistance
  • Simone Veil, politician and first woman to be President of the European Parliament
  • Josephine Baker, singer, dancer and Resistance fighter, the first Black woman to be moved here
   21 May 2022
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Le Panthéon