Panthéon | Exhibition

Un combat capital

from 08 October 2021 to 13 February 2022

Place du Panthéon - 75005 Paris

Quartier Latin - 5e Arrondissement

Panthéon, Architecture © Fotolia


The death penalty was abolished in France on 9 October 1981 after legislation was introduced by the then justice minister, Robert Badinter.

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of this event, the Panthéon has organized an exhibition, entitled Un combat capital, running from 8 October 2021 to 13 February 2022. It traces the 200-year history of the abolitionists’ political struggle from the eighteenth century to the present day. Archive and audio-visual documents illustrate the key debates and trials that played an important role in changing attitudes. The exhibition concludes with an overview of capital punishment and its abolition around the world. 


All public

Prices and times

De 10h à 18h. Fermé les 25 décembre et 1er janvier



The temple of the French nation.
With the Pantheon, architect Jacques-Germain Soufflot met Louis XV’s wish to glorify the monarchy in the form of a church dedicated to Saint Geneviève, the patron saint of Paris. The Revolution in 1789 transformed the monument into a temple for Great Men. During the turbulent years of the 19th century, as regimes changed, it alternated in its role as a religious and patriotic monument. Since 1885, the year of Victor Hugo’s death and burial in the Pantheon, it has been the last resting place for the great writers, scientists, generals,
churchmen and politicians who have made the history of France. The crypt houses the tombs of more than 70 illustrious figures including Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile Zola, Alexandre Dumas, Pierre and Marie Curie and, from 1 July 2018, Simone Veil.

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Place du Panthéon
75005 Paris

  • Subway - Cardinal Lemoine
  • RER - Luxembourg
  • Bus - 21, 27, 83, 84, 89

Offer adapted to disabled visitors

  • Hearing Hearing
  • Mental Mental
  • Visual Visual

Access facilities

  • Adapted activities and visits
  • Free admission for disabled visitors on presentation of proof
  • Free admission for the accompanying person

Accessibility information

-Physical disability: not accessible for visitors in wheelchairs (11 steps outside, 5 steps to access the roadside, 38-step staircase without handrail to access the crypt, no adapted toilets).
Find out all you need to know about accessibility in France's National Monuments
You can download the brochure presenting the various tours on offer for disabled people in the 12 national monuments in Paris and the Paris region by visiting the 'Contacts par Région' tab.
Contact: - Centre des Monuments Nationaux Pôle Île-de-France: 22 Avenue Victoria - 75001 Paris

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