Lois Reynolds Mead

Art and a pink monkeyflower in a native plant garden…

The Pantheon…

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The Pantheon was our focus for the first part of the day so we hopped on the Metro to the Cardinal Lemoine stop and into the Latin Quarter. Taking a little detour we would be able to see two parks. The first was Square Paul Langevin named after the contemporary of the Curries who discovered ultrasound.

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This park sits up against a wall of the former Ecole Polytechnic that has since moved to the suburbs. It now is the Research Ministry and there is a great staircase up to the building.

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The park also honors Francois Villon, the first modern poet of France. 1431-1472

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Up the hill and around the corner is another park in the interior of the original 14th century colleges. It is in the courtyard of the building of the Ecole Polytechnic from 1794.

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I’m not sure about this fountain but think it probably looks better with the pool filled and the water running.

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It was here that we first became intrigued by the steeple peeking above the rooftops. We left the inner park and made our way over to Rue Clovis.

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As we approached the Pantheon on our left, the church with the steeple began to emerge on our right. Saint Etienne du Mont…

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Someone in France has a sense of humor…and the church has an amazing profile.
In front of the Pantheon Terry found the law school…

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And the city hall for the 5th Arrondisement was conducting weddings…

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Then the Pantheon

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Tourists!
Next post will be the interior of the Pantheon, a secular and patriotic lay temple dedicated to the great men (and a few women) recognized by the homeland.

Author: loisreynoldsmead

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One thought on “The Pantheon…

  1. I welcome you very warmly!
    It’s a real pleasure to follow you through the streets of Paris.
    Get to know the places where tourists rarely reach.
    I am charmed and delighted with your blog.
    A photo? many in their beauty and charm.
    They are fantastic.
    Have a nice day.
    Lucia

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