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View of the interior of the Pantheon in Paris.
This is the only remaining photo I have of this site. After entering in this place I shoot a couple of times and my CF got full. I downloaded the photos to my portable hard-disk and then continued shooting. After leaving I took few more photos and the CF went busted. All pictures completely lost.
Fortunately, we were in Paris and not in the middle of nowhere, and I was able to buy anew CF and shoot the rest of the trip. But those pictures of inside the Pantheon were lost.
While travelling, always bring extra memory card and batteries!!

Taken hand held. No PP whatsoever.

Extract from Wikipedia:
The Panthéon (Latin Pantheon, from Greek Pantheon, meaning "Temple of all the Gods") is a building in the Latin Quarter in Paris, France. It was originally built as a church dedicated to St. Genevieve, but after many changes now combines liturgical functions with its role as a famous burial place.
The foundations were laid in 1758, but due to financial difficulties, it was only completed in 1789. As it was completed at the start of the French Revolution, the new Revolutionary government ordered it to be changed from a church to a mausoleum for the interment of great Frenchmen.
Twice since then it has reverted to being a church, only to become again a temple to the great intellectuals of France.
In 1851 physicist Léon Foucault demonstrated the rotation of the Earth by his experiment conducted in the Panthéon, by constructing a 67 metre Foucault pendulum beneath the central dome. The original iron sphere from the pendulum was returned to the Panthéon in 1995 from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers.
The inscription above the entrance reads AUX GRANDS HOMMES LA PATRIE RECONNAISSANTE ("To great men the grateful homeland"). The absence of a verb in French emphasizes that the implicit notion of honour is given from the great men to the homeland. By burying its great men in the Pantheon, the Nation wants to acknowledge the honour it received from them. As such its entrance is severely restricted and is allowed only by a parliamentary act for "National Heroes". Similar high honours exist in Les Invalides for historical military leaders such as Napoléon, Turenne and Vauban.
Among those buried in its necropolis are Voltaire, Rousseau, Marat, Victor Hugo, Émile Zola, Jean Moulin, Marie Skłodowska-Curie, Louis Braille, Jean Jaurès and Soufflot, its architect.
A widely-repeated story that the remains of Voltaire were stolen by religious fanatics in 1814 and thrown into a garbage heap is false. Such rumours resulted in the coffin being opened in 1897, which confirmed that his remains were still present.

On 30 November 2002, in an elaborate but solemn procession, six Republican Guards carried the coffin of Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870), the author of The Three Musketeers, to the Panthéon. Draped in a blue-velvet cloth inscribed with the Musketeers' motto: "Un pour tous, tous pour un" ("One for all, all for one,") the remains had been transported from their original interment site in the Cimetière de Villers-Cotterêts in Aisne, France. In his speech, President Jacques Chirac stated that an injustice was being corrected with the proper honoring of one of France's greatest authors.

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