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Jacques Germain Soufflot

Soufflot, Jacques Germain (zhäk zhĕrmăNˈ sōflōˈ) [key], 1709–80, French architect, noted chiefly as the designer of the Panthéon (1764–89; see under pantheon) in Paris. He won the commission in an open competition. The building is crowned by a majestic masonry dome, and can be considered one of the great monuments of neoclassicism in the 18th cent. The dome was uncompleted at Soufflot's death, and the work was continued by others and completed by his pupil J. P. Rondelet.

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