Place du Panthéon is a square in the 5th arrondissement of Paris (France), extending in front of the Pantheon.

It was one of the rare squares in Paris (with Place Vendôme) to contain no vegetation, until its redevelopment completed in 2018. The square now features trees in the jars.

This square, designed with rue Soufflot which extends it to the Luxemburg Garden, was started around 1770 on the old gardens of the Sainte-Geneviève abbey and on the site of the college of Lisieux whose buildings were demolished in 1762. The square and rue Soufflot also absorbed the old rue de la Bretonnerie whose neighboring houses were demolished (with the exception of the building at 3 rue Soufflot).

Main sights


Sainte-Geneviève Library

Saint-Étienne-du-Mont Church

Henri-IV High School

Statues of Pierre Corneille (to the left of the monument) and Jean-Jacques Rousseau (to the right).

No. 5: Art Deco building built by architect Henri Belloc.

No. 6: building from 1927 designed by architect Henri Delormel; the composer Maurice Duruflé and his wife, the organist Marie-Madeleine Chevalier, lived there; a plaque pays tribute to them.

No. 8: Jacques-Doucet library.

No. 13: building designed by architect Henri Tassu, undated but signed on the facade; former headquarters of the Hungarian Institute of Paris. Birthplace of actor, dialogue writer, screenwriter and singer Raymond Souplex in 1901.

No. 15: building from 1898 designed by architect Henri Tassu; Michel Butor places here the residence of Léon Delmont, fictional hero of his novel La Modification which, published in 1957 by Éditions de Minuit, received the Renaudot prize the same year. On the other hand, the painter Henry de Waroquier actually resided there.

No 17: Hôtel des Grands hommes, in an 18th century building. André Breton, the father of surrealism, lived there in the spring of 1919.

No. 21: town hall of the 5th arrondissement.

This place is served by the Cardinal Lemoine and Place Monge metro stations, by the Luxembourg station of RER line B and by the RATP bus lines: 21, 24, 27, 38, 75, 84 and 89.

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20 arrondissements of Paris

Architecture of Paris

Museums of Paris

Entertainment in Paris

Bridges in Paris

Parks in Paris

Streets and squares in Paris

Shopping in Paris

Transport in Paris

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