Guided tour : Victor Hugo at the Pantheon

Between freedom and legend


CultureSecrets invites you to a place of French history to pay homage to a major writer of the 19th century: Victor Hugo. In the crypt of the Pantheon, where the poet is buried, take part in a guided tour of the exhibition "Victor Hugo - Freedom at the Pantheon". Photographs, paintings, posters, newspapers and memorabilia ... It explores the importance of freedom on his work and reveals some secrets that make him a legend.

To know

According to the will of Louis XV, the Sainte-Geneviève church was built in the center of Paris between 1764 and 1790. On April 4, 1791, the Constituent Assembly decided to transform it into the Pantheon. The crypt will henceforth house the tombs of the great men of the nation. Victor Hugo's entry into the Pantheon on June 1, 1885 remains one of the highlights of French history. 

Republican symbol, deputy of Paris in 1871, then senator of the Seine in 1876, the man of letters embodied better than anyone the values of freedom and secularism. This guided tour will be an opportunity to revisit two key events in French literary history: the funeral wake of May 31, 1885, and the great parade of June 1, which was attended by nearly two million people. You will also explore the very definition of the "Great Man" and the path to his pantheonization, from his youthful years, then the period of his exile between 1851 and 1870, until his return to France, through the theme of Liberty.

Our secret

The numerous commitments and fights of the poet against all forms of oppression, against misery a

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Saturday June 19th at 3pm.

Place du Panthéon, 75005 Paris.
Your name will be listed at the entrance. Don't forget your mask.

Pantheon, dome and pediment © Giles Codina Centre des monuments nationaux

Place du Panthéon, 75005 Paris