Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Pantheon


It's always a pleasure to come back to Paris after some time, even when it's freezing! I passed by the Pantheon this morning and the Christmas trees were still standing in front of it. The weather was so gray, I decided to turn the scene into a typical black and white photo. For the records this monument shelters the tombs of the French National Heroes but was originally built to be a church (read the whole history here). It's a fascinating place to visit if you come to Paris.

38 comments:

  1. It's on my list next time I come to Paris. I've only gotten about as close as this photo depicts.

    Did you do a fish eye kind of thing to this photo? It's jumping out of my screen.

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  2. I've been checking out your blog for a couple months now - I love your photos!

    And I'd agree, It's always a pleasure to return to Paris!

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  3. A better shot than the one in the Wikipedia entry. Great photo.

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  4. Thank you - now it's my computer wallpaper.

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  5. Oh Eric this is so beautiful!

    I love the Pantheon building. I was lucky enough to see a presentation of the musicians of the police department in front of the Pantheon last June. I think some kind of condecoration was taking place.

    It was awesome!

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  6. Look! We can even see L'Eglise Saint Etienne du Mont to the left!

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  7. You mean Pantheon, I think.

    Boy, there aren't a lot of people around there early in the morning.

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  8. Thanks Eric, for bringing back the good old days. I lived around the corner during my freshman year. And part of the sophomore year, of course.

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  9. Oh yeah...Tomate Farcie has a sharpe eye. I guess you meant to say "Pantheon", non?

    Happy New Year, Tomate!

    Hey, Lynn! You're dearly missed.

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  10. Correct me if I'm wrong. I am under the impression the tombs of politicians are excluded from Pantheon, aren't they?

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  11. Great framing. The crosswalk echoes the trees and columns and street lamps.

    How different it looks without crowds.

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  12. Your choice of b&w for this is perfect. This is beautifully composed. I hope some day to see it with my own eyes.

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  13. Just eliminate or change the cars and one would think that this photo was taken in 1950!! Love it!! I believe the ashes of Andre Malraux and many others are interred there. Nice final resting place ehh??

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  14. I was lucky enough to find a red carpet leading into the Pantheon last time I was there. Some grand event was taking place. Great photo op, although I had to talk my way past the guards at the entrance. Thankfully they allowed me inside the gate for a moment.

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  15. It incredible that you could make a crosswalk look so much a part of the whole elegant presentation! I'm totally impressed. I'm also noticing that the edges go greyer and make it have a pinhole camera look. Don't know what its from but its cool!! This one's going on my slideshow!


    Monica - I love the Pantheon, too. I could go there over and over and I'm not sure why. And then, over to St. Etienne du Mont! Woohoo -- I need a year in Paris. Need. I have to work on this.

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  16. Thought I just left a message here, but apparently no.
    I lived a block down the Montaigne Ste. Genevieve from the eglise St. Etienne du Mont, and really LOVED this neighborhood! So thanks, Eric, and I really like it in b&w. So, Carrie, I need a year (or more) too. Want to go halvies on a Paris pied-a-terre?

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  17. I love this place. The last time I was there I saw an art exhibit by Ernesto Neto call "Leviathon". It was mesmerizing. I love the church behind the Pantheon. The inside is stunning.

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  18. I love how you framed this shot with the lamp posts Eric. Also, this is superb when enlarged.

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  19. Perfect composition! A candidate for your 2011 calendar? I purchased two calendars from you one in color and one black and white. One for me, one for a gift. The are magnificent. Thank you for my daily dose of my favorite city in the world!

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  20. Alexa - I all ready so long as I can either get them to give me a year off work or you're willing to wait till I retire!! Lotto?! ; )

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  21. Gosh that's lovely, Eric! And I love the black & white and the curves!

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  22. I always mean to take more black and white photos then forget to change the setting on the camera so thanks for this pic. There was a debate on the radio here in the UK this morning as apparantly Sarkozy is wanting to to put Albert Camus into the Pantheon.

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  24. It's beautiful and I think it's actually partly because of the trees. I hope they can stay there longer.

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  25. Makes me want to hop on a plane and see it in person.

    I so enjoy reading your site everyday. If I can't make it to Paris, I can live vicariously through you!

    Happy New Year.

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  26. Classic photo of a (neo)classic building, but who allowed that box on the right to be built there?
    Methinks Madame Guillotine could to be brought of retirement to deal with the culprit.

    At the risk of repeating myself, if you do visit the Pantheon, go on the tower tour, if available, for a fabulous view of Paris.

    At the risk of repeating myself...oh I've already said that, now where did I leave my glasses?

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  27. Great shot...we didn't make it there this last trip but we meant to. Isn't there a great set of doors? Or am I thinking of St. Suplice?


    Sean

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  28. 'LOVE this! Ahhhhh ... and I can see my favorite church, St. Etienne du Mont, in the background!

    Welcome home, Eric!

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  29. Yes, the composition of this photo is magnificent, as befits a photo of Le Pantheon.

    Yes, take the tour so you can go up outside the dome for great views.

    Yes, St. Etienne du Mont is one of my favorites. Carved spiral stairs and Ste. Genevieve herself!

    And yes, somebody else in the world viewing PDP has my name. (the horror, the horror...)

    And, yes, I am amazed you did not get run over standing out in the middle of rue Soufflot.

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  30. @Suzy. Did you do a fish eye kind of thing to this photo? No, I don't have a fish eye, but a plain wide angle.

    @Michel Basilieres LOL. Windows will be so jealous!

    @Monica "I love the Pantheon building" Did you go inside?

    @Keats Nice place to live as a student, isn't?
    "I guess you meant to say "Pantheon", non? " YES!
    "I am under the impression the tombs of politicians" No, no a lot of politicians are buried there (see the whole list here

    @Alexa "I lived a block down the Montaigne Ste. Genevieve from the eglise St. Etienne du Mont, and really LOVED this neighborhood" Was it when you where sharing an apartment with AL?!

    @Teri "Perfect composition! A candidate for your 2011 calendar? I purchased two calendars from you one in color and one black and white. One for me, one for a gift. The are magnificent. Thank you for my daily dose of my favorite city in the world!" Thank you ;-)

    @Jaq "There was a debate on the radio here in the UK this morning as apparantly Sarkozy is wanting to to put Albert Camus into the Pantheon." True. I thought he was there already to be honest.

    @Vegan "I so enjoy reading your site everyday. If I can't make it to Paris, I can live vicariously through you! " happy new year too ;-)

    @Drummond "but who allowed that box on the right to be built there?
    Methinks Madame Guillotine could to be brought of retirement to deal with the culprit." LOOOOOOOOL

    @M. Jeff "And, yes, I am amazed you did not get run over standing out in the middle of rue Soufflot." Er... I almost did! I was yelled at several times actually

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  31. At the risk of repeating myself, I love reading your funny comments :) Glasses ? But what for, Drummond ? Just close your eyes and sublime the real stuff ;)
    This beautiful photo reminds me of my student life as I studied at Pantheon-Sorbonne Uni which stands on the left part of this photo. It is really good to see again something - or someone - you did not see for a long time (well very long time indeed). The advantage with a photo is that you can take your time, observe every detail, and think about good memories.

    Congrats Sean for making your new profile.

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  32. Eric yes I did go inside. Couldn't miss, among other things, Foucault's pendulum!

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  34. Oops! I must be in denial. I majored in literature & hate politicians for their being way too diplomatic, if not hypotical.

    Thanks for confirming, Eric.

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