PanthÃ©on is a monument in Paris situated on top of the Montagne Sainte-GeneviÃ¨ve in the center of the Place du PanthÃ©on. It was built between 1758 and 1790 at the behest of Louis XV, who intended it to be a church dedicated to Saint Genevieve, ParisÂ’ patron saint. After the French revolution, it was converted into a mausoleum for the remains of distinguished French citizens, like the Patheon in Rome that has the similar purpose.
Josephine Baker is going to become the first Black women to be honored with PanthÃ©on burial. The American-born dancer became a French citizen in 1937. During the Second World War, she shared sensitive information obtained from Nazis to the French forces.