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PanthГ©on

The necropolis of the greatest citizens of France: here lie Rousseau, Voltaire, Hugo, Dumas, Balzac, Marie Curie and many others. The necropolis was opened in 1791 during the First Republic in the church of St. Genevieve. By the decree of Louis XV, the hill of Lutetius was renamed the hill of Sainte Genevieve, where the famous architect Soufflot started building a large temple, that was finished by his student, architect Rondelet, in 1789. PanthГ©on can house 300 burials.

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Pantheon, Paris
Notre Dame de Paris

One of the most famous Gothic cathedrals in the world, Notre Dame de Paris was founded in 1163 in place of the temple of Jupiter and the ancient Roman basilica dating back to the 4th century A.C. The construction of Notre Dame de Paris was completed in 1345. The cathedral was severely damaged during the First Republic, when the heads of kings decorating the facade had been knocked down, but in 1850 the heads were replicated by EugГЁne Viollet-le-Duc, who also added the Gothic spire and the famous chimeras to the cathedral. Stairs right in front of Notre Dame lead down to the archaeological crypt, where the remnants of the Roman basilica that were uncovered in 1960 are housed.

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Notre Dame de Paris The facade of Notre Dame de Paris
Biblical Kings on the facade Spires of Notre Dame de Paris
Basilica of Saint Denis

The first European Gothic cathedral was built on the spot of a small abbey of Saint Denis that had existed since 384. In 1122 Louis VI made the Saint Denis basilica a place of burial for French kings, but today all the sarcophagi are empty: during the First Revolution the remains of all deceased kings were thrown into pits. Joan of Arc had donated her armour to the basilica. Stained-glass windows of Saint Denis date back to the 12th century.

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Sainte Chapelle

This two-storey chapel in the high Gothic style had been erected during the reign of Louis IX the Saintly, around 1241-1248, to serve as a treasury of riches brought from the Crusades. Barely escaping demolition during the Haussmann's urban project, the chapel is a part of the royal palace on the ГЋle de la CitГ©; it consists of a chapel devoted to the Holy Mary on the first floor and a private royal chapel on the second floor. The beauty of its stained-glass windows is unprecedented; furthermore, two-thirds of the surviving windows are originals.

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Saint-SГ©verin

Where the main Roman road called Lutetia once ran in the Latin Quarter, a church was built at the end of the 12th century, whose style is most accurately called "Flaming Gothic". The church has been open ever since. Some say that the term "Flaming" was first applied to the Saint SГ©verin. It is also famous for its organ, which Charles-Camille Saint-SaГ«ns practised on.

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Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois

Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois is a royal palace church located on a spot, where an ancient sanctuary once stood. The construction of the church started in the 12th century and continued for almost four centuries. It is most famous for its wooden altar and for being the symbol of the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre, as it was from here that the signal to start killing Huguenots was sounded.

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Saint-Sulpice

Construction of this church in the style of Classicism had begun in mid-17th century and went on for 130 years. One of the Saint Sulpice chapels had been painted by Delacroix. Every year on March 22nd a ray of sunlight seeps through a special slit, marking the prime meridian on the altar.

The Saint-Sulpice church was made famous by popular culture. First Dumas settled his musketeers nearby: D'Artagnan lodged on the street that begins at the left facade of Saint-Sulpice, Aramis lived on Rue de Vaugirard, Athos lodged on Rue FГ©rou, and Porthos had an apartment on Rue du Vieux Colombier. Fans of Dan Brown's work look for symbols from "Da Vinci Code" here.

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Saint Sulpice Church
Madeleine Church

This pompous church with a stepped podium is devoted to Saint Mary Magdalene. It was built by the decree of Napoleon I to imitate the style of ancient Greek temples.

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SacrГ© Coeur

The giant basilica with a pointed dome crowns the hill of Montmartre. It is very beautiful and serves as an excellent reference point for navigating Paris, but the French do not like it all that much, because of what it represents. SacrГ© Coeur had been built to repent the sins of Parisian Communards, but the Parisians tend to regard the Communards as martyrs rather than murderers. The French honour their memory far more than the memory of their victims.

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Basilica SacrГ© Coeur SacrГ© Coeur facade
Saint Alexander Nevsky

On rue Daru, not far from Arc de Triomphe, stands a Russian Orthodox cathedral, consecrated in 1861. The construction was funded publicly and significant sums were also donated by the Emperor of Russia Alexander II. The architect Kuzmin was sent from Saint Petersburg Academy of Arts. Saint Alexander Nevsky is built from white stone and decorated with mosaics of Christ blessing his flock. The interior of the cathedral borrows inspiration from the St Volodymyr's Cathedral in Kiev.

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