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The Dome of the Crypt, ornamented with one of the three theological virtues, Faith.

Charles-Louis Girault, Auguste Guilbert-Martin, Luc-Olivier Merson1895/1896

Institut Pasteur

Institut Pasteur
Paris, France

Louis Pasteur died on September 28, 1895 in Marnes-la-Coquette and was laid to rest in a Neo Byzantine style funeral chapel, the Crypt, at the heart of the Institut Pasteur.
Louis Pasteur had a state funeral, but his wife, Marie Pasteur, refused to allow Louis Pasteur to be interred in the Panthéon.
A crypt was therefore built, the work of architect Charles-Louis Girault, mosaic artist Auguste Guilbert-Martin, and painter Luc-Olivier Merson.
Through its magnificent multicolored mosaics, the chapel offers an overview of Louis Pasteur's discoveries.
Marie Pasteur was interred there in 1910.

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  • Title: The Dome of the Crypt, ornamented with one of the three theological virtues, Faith.
  • Creator: Charles-Louis Girault, Auguste Guilbert-Martin, Luc-Olivier Merson
  • Date Created: 1895/1896
  • Subject Keywords: Crypte
  • Type: Crypte
  • Rights: © Institut Pasteur/Musée Pasteur
  • External Link: Les quatre figures auréolées
  • Compléments: The Dome of the Crypt is ornamented with four haloed figures symbolizing the three theological virtues—Faith, Hope, and Charity—to which has been added Science, the fourth virtue according to Louis Pasteur, but also the mother, daughter, and sister of the other three. Faith is represented here.

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