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The Pantheon

Positioned in the heart of the Quartier Latin, in Paris, the former Abbey of St. Genevieve was erected via order of Louis XV of France, as the fulfilment of a promise made in 1744. The king was ill and vowed to reconstruct the ruined church of St. Genevieve, if he recovered.

There are several curious stories about the Pantheon. Back in 1851, the physicist Léon Foucault demonstrated the rotation of the Earth by constructing a 67 metre (220 ft) pendulum hanging from the central dome. In late 2006, the cultural guerilla movement, self-denominated The Untergunther, completed a year-long project by which they covertly repaired the Pantheon’s antique clockworks. The Unthergunther belongs to a larger underground organisation, the UX (Urban eXperiment). They dedicate themselves to recover and improve hidden corners of Paris. The Phanteon’s administration stopped the clock from working by removing one of its parts and the French government tried, unsuccessfully, to sue the group for the intervention.

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