France Pantheon, Paris

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Gert Lucas

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Louis XV was not in very good health. When he suffered a severe attack of gout in 1744, he promised to build a new church as he got well. Miraculously, the king quickly recovered, and promise is debt! In 1758, the foundations were built on the site of the abbey of Sainte-Geneviève until then, but it was not until 1789 that this atypical church was completed. The Paris pantheon did not serve as a church for long, as after the French Revolution, the building was previously seen as a temple in honor of France. Instead of a church, it became a mausoleum. This function changed several times throughout history, but from 1885 it finally became a temple in which great French people were buried.

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