Catacombs of Paris
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- Catacombs of ParisMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesLuxury TravelersJun 30, 2014
Deep underneath Montparnasse lies a 200-mile network of Roman stone quarry tunnels turned macabre (though artfully arranged) resting ground for the remains of 6 million Parisians, including victims of the French revolution and perhaps even Marie Antoinette. The bones were exhumed from 1785 to 1860 to relieve fetid, overcrowded city cemeteries. Though much of Paris’s empire of the dead is beyond the reach of regular tourists, the catacombs have woven a spell over the more adventurous. Police once discovered one of the ossuary’s off-limits caverns being used as an illicit movie theater and bar-restaurant.Recommended for:
- Catacombs of ParisMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Apr 11, 2014
Graveyards used to be rental affairs during much of medieval history. Bodies were buried long enough for them to decompose and then the bones were disinterred and placed in vaults underground like the Paris Catacombs. This ended during the 18th and 19th centuries when city planners got wise to the idea that centrally located graveyards were actually spreading disease.Recommended for:
- Catacombs of ParisMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFamily Travelers+ 4Dec 31, 2013
The catacombs have a fascinating history and the self guided tour is creepy without being too morbid. The line does get ridiculous since capacity is limited, so get here early.Recommended for:
- Catacombs of ParisMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 3Nov 16, 2013
The catacombs are really cool. It's almost 5km of underground tunnels filled with bones that came from old cemeteries which once were causing the plague to spread in Paris.Recommended for:
- Catacombs of ParisMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 13Nov 12, 2013
A visit to the catacombs of Paris is a fun and creepy walk into the history of Paris. Learn about the development of the city in medieval times, and get to look at lots of skulls.Recommended for:
- Catacombs of ParisMember ofLocal CultureAdventure TravelersMay 21, 2014
Nothing like a little taste of death to make you appreciate life, is there? The Parisian Catacombs dish that out in very generous proportions: 6 million people's remains are purported to occupy the city of light's dark ossuary. Since the 19th century, these stone mines turned catacombs have drawn those seeking the macabre deep underground.Recommended for:
- Catacombs of ParisMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 12Oct 03, 2013
Once inside the catacombs, you are surrounded by the remains of about 6 millions Parisians within the 780 meters of galleys. The first human remains were deposited around 1786 in a disorganized manner. It was not until about 1810 where Hericart de Thury (1776-1854), ordered the organization of the bones in a decorative way as facades, as they are shown today.
- Catacombs of ParisSep 13, 2013
The catacombs are fascinating. Right after the French Revolution, skulls and bones were exhumed from a Parisian cemetery, and neatly stacking in this underground mine. It is an amazing site to see, and fun for kids to simple walk around so deep underground.Recommended for:
- Catacombs of ParisMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Mar 31, 2013
The catacombs have a dark past. It is interesting to see and learn about the history, worth the cisit but not going back three or four times. It is also not designed for tall people or claustrophobic people, there are some low ceilings and narrow passage ways. But all in all a cool place to visit during your stay!Recommended for:
- Catacombs of ParisMember ofLocal CultureMar 05, 2013
6 million people under Paris, and only 2 million living above ground in the city today! (intra-muros of course). A very strange but interesting visit. apparently the bones were all thrown down there in heaps, just to get them out of the Over crowded cemeteries, which were overflowing with the dead. A very practical approach. But whoever decided, much later, to stack them up into the walls of thigh bones interspersed with decorative patterns made of anonymous skulls must have been an interesting character...
- Catacombs of ParisAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5Jan 07, 2013
Fun and creepy! I went here with a few friends. If you are at all claustrophobic, do not enter. If you like a healthy dose of the morbid, you'll love this underground shrine to the dead.
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- Catacombs of ParisMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Dec 07, 2012
This place is really fun. It's got all the old skulls and bones that were once in the Halles area until they dug it up and made it into a market (and later a mall). Not for the claustrophobic.
- Catacombs of ParisMember ofLocal CultureFamily TravelersFoodies+ 2Nov 01, 2012
Kinda creepy. This is the official entrance to the 3,000km (1,864-mile) tunnel network that runs under much of the city. With public burial pits overflowing in the era of the Revolutionary Terror, the bones of six million people were transferred to the catacombes.
The bones of Marat, Robespierre and their cronies are packed in with wall upon wall of their fellow citizens. A damp, cramped tunnel takes you through a series of galleries before you reach the ossuary, the entrance to which is announced by a sign engraved in the stone: 'Stop! This is the empire of death.'
- Catacombs of ParisAug 13, 2012
YIKES!!! It was trippy! I never knew this place existed but my travel partner kept mentioning the catacombs and I'm glad we went to see it. I've never seen so many skulls in one place. You can literally go up and touch them but I don't want to jinx myself so I stayed away from it.
- Catacombs of ParisJul 05, 2012
Creepy and not for the physically inactive! It was eerily quiet down there. Some of the skulls have suspicious looking injuries. It's a fascinating sight. I highly recommend. Be ready for all of the stairs at the end. They will supply a defibrillator, should you need it. :o)
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Aliases: Parisian Catacombs, Les Catacombes