Places of Interest nearby
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Under orders of the French President, Jacques Chirac, the body of Alexandre Dumas was exhumed from the cemetery at Villers-Cotterêts in Pacardie, and in a televised ceremony his new coffin flanked by four Republican Guards costumed as the Musketeers - Athos, Porthos, Aramis, and D’Artagnan was transported in a solemn procession to the Panthéon of Paris.
This is the great mausoleum where French luminaries are interred. Among those buried in its necropolis are Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Émile Zola, Jean Moulin, Marie Skłodowska-Curie, Louis Braille, Jean Jaurès and Soufflot, its architect.
In 1851, physicist Léon Foucault demonstrated the rotation of the Earth by his experiment conducted in the Panthéon, by constructing a 67 meter Foucault pendulum beneath the central dome.
Mathematician Joseph-Louis Lagrange died in 1813 and is buried in the Panthéon. He was made count by Napoleon Bonaparte.