Tourist Attraction in Asunción: Panteón Nacional de los Heroes
The National Pantheon of Heroes (Panteón Nacional de los Heroes) is a monument located in Asuncion, capital of Paraguay. Originally built as a Catholic temple, the building currently fulfills religious functions (such as the Oratory of the Virgin of the Assumption), protocols and homage to characters from Paraguayan history and culture. The building of the temple was begun in 1863, during the presidency of Francisco Solano Lopez, with project of the Italian architect Alejandro Ravizza. The church, centered with a dome, is inspired by Saint Mary of Carignano, of Genoa, or the church of the Palace of the Invalides of Paris. The work, however, had to be interrupted by the Paraguayan War as early as 1865. After 70 years, in 1929, the work was resumed and inaugurated in 1936, after the Chaco War. After the inauguration the church also had a function of pantheon (mausoleum), sheltering the mortal remains of characters like Carlos Antonio López and Francisco Solano López. Also contains tombs of two unknown soldiers.