Catacombes, Paris

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1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris, France +33 1 43 22 47 63

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    Paris Catacombs

    by Jenniflower Updated Apr 18, 2006

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    If lower level attractions are more your thing, then make a trip to the Catacombs.

    The Catacombs are deep underground tunnels lying beneath the bustling city of Paris... filled with the bones of millions of Parisians, placed here about 200 years ago to take the pressure off incredibly overcrowded cemeteries. Thousands of these skulls are of plague victims.

    The construction of the catacombs began in 1785 when the first load of bodies started arriving to be placed in the tombs. The first cemetery to take part in the new development was the Cemetery of the Innocents.

    A very interesting place to visit, albeit slightly nervewracking!

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    Bones and Catacombs

    by BarryAir Written Nov 12, 2005

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    Wanna see more bones and skullls than you can imagine? Visit the Catacombs under Paris. These bones came from thousands of dead intered in Paris cemataries when the government decided to empty all the church graveyards in the city to make room for more/other development. Please remember that this tour requires going down a 60 foot, very tight, spirel starwell, then a very long walk to the bones thru caverns and another 60 foot climb up a spirel starwell. And dont play songs on the craniums like I did, and get busted...

    Bonage Cemetary Plaque More Bonage Plaque

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    CREEPY! but fun.. :)

    by kimchilla Updated Sep 21, 2005

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    The catacombes were fun, but got kind of boring after a while... at first it was creepy and you want to walk through it really fast just to get out of there, but then you slowly endure the bones and skulls around you .. I tried reading the things on the wall that I was sure were there to commemorate certain people, but they were all in French. So if you don't know French or French history, it might be hard to appreciate the history of the catacombes. Otherwise, it's all just a pile bones and skulls to you. Admission was only 2.50 euro for students but you have to show I.D.... really easy to find... just get out of Denfert-Rochereau station and there it is, across the street. It was so easy that the subway ticket salesman gave me a weird look when I asked for directions...

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    Catacombes

    by Kriesta Written Apr 16, 2005

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    An underground burial of soldiers frm the french revolution times and the remains of Paris old cemeteries. It is a sight to see....very dark atmosphere, and u have to walk past rows and rows and rows of bones.Some people wont like it coz they might find the idea of making designs of someone bones is rather gross.

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    The Catacombes

    by surfluvr641 Written Mar 21, 2005

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    This was definitely one of my favorite sites that I saw in Paris. Not for the faint of heart though. After about a half mile walk underground with nothing to see, you walk through a doorway and its just neverending skulls and bones but arranged in a way you could never imagine. Definitely worth the 2 euro entry fee.

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    The catacombs (Eat your hart out)

    by heitzenrater Updated Jan 15, 2005

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    history
    60 B.C. first tunnes built as roman quarrys.
    04-APR-1777 Inspection Générale des Carrières created to survey the quarries of Paris, and to fortify the foundation to prevent fontis (collapses).
    1785 350 of these underground rock quarries were converted into subterranean mass graves.
    19-JUN-1994 catacombs opened to the public.

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    Location: Metro Denfert-Rochereau

    Open: Tue-Fri 2-16, Sat-Sun 9-11 14-16

    Fee: Adults 33 FF, Children 22 FF.

    BRING A FLASH LIGHT it will be helpfull

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    Catacombes

    by auschic1 Updated Jan 4, 2005

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    Descending a narrow spiral staircase 45 metres below the ground takes your breathe away. But when you reach the bottom and come face to face with human bones lining the walls, well i dont think you can describe the feeling that overwhelmes you.

    Back in the 1700s bodies were exhumed from the overcrowded cemetries and buried under the streets of Paris. Over 6 million bones now lie here, the tunnel stretching for over 1km.

    Its pretty freaky seeing all of these bones but by the end, after seeing them for so long, its even scarier that they become almost natural. Most of the skulls are carefully arranged in different patterns eg. a cross or circle.

    No flash photos and remember to buy a guide at the entrance as everything is written in french. A very unique experience!

    Nothing but skulls and bones behind me
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  • Les Catacombes

    by biscuitshooter Updated Oct 25, 2004

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    This is a tour of the old sewer system of Paris. In here you will find thousands and thousands of human skeletons. The story is that they were running out of room to build houses in the city of Paris, so what they did is start digging up the cemetaries to put buildings, so what they did with the skeletons is put them all in the old sewer system of Paris that was no longer being used. It is only open a couple of days of the week and it might have changed since I was last there....Just ask the concierge and they should have information on it. Sounds morbid, but it is very interesting.

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    Spooky

    by EGitan Written Jun 8, 2004

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    A haunting but fascinating collection of human bones stored under the city.........Complete with poetry about death which will make you contemplate your own mortality.
    Bring a flashlight it is dark!
    Very steep steps.

    Perfect for rainy days or Halloween.

    Skull & Bones
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    Catacombs for the truly morbid

    by rattay Updated May 15, 2004

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    The number one highlight of my trip to Paris? Well, for a morbid person such as myself, I would have to say the Catacombs. You enter in what seems to be a bland, little store entrance. You pay the fee and begin to walk down the stairs. But the spiral staircase seems to go on for ever as the air gets gradually colder and damper. Finally you come to the end, walk down the hallway and there it begins. Walls made from skulls holding in piles of bones that extend many feet behind them. The paths wind among the bone-walls, each labeled to tell you from which cemetary they came. Sometimes the skulls and femur bones are arranged in hearts etc. Just wait till i get the pics up here!

    And a side note: Stealing the bones is NOT ALLOWED and they do search your backpack as you leave!

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    Denfert-Rochereaux Catacombs

    by Jehcekah Written Jan 16, 2004

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    Take the Metro stop of the same name to a small, green, metal building. The entrance fee is a few Euro. After paying, you will proceed down a narrow, winding staircase under ground. The first few areas of the walk are just tunnels, but their eerie darkness gives you the right kind of ambience for what lies ahead. Millions and millions of bones stacked up, put into cross formations, heart formations, and piles of skulls. It is an amazing sight to behold. Unfortunately, there are always a few people who can ruin a visit, like the teenagers visiting while we were there. They picked up the bones and were just generally annoying. However, we were able to get around them and enjoyed the rest of our walk. It can get damp in the corridors and bringing a flashlight is actually a great idea.

    Denfert-Rochereaux Catacombs
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    The catacombes

    by gaston_febus Written Nov 28, 2003

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    Spooky!! Go by yourself on a cold, wet, Sunday morning when there is no-one else about. There are the bones of millions of people here, in parts of the miles of ancient quarries that lie underneath Paris. The official tour takes you through a minute portion of these quarries. The websites listed give details of the official and not so official stuff.

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    The catacombs

    by laughingsun69 Updated Oct 21, 2003

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    This place is freeky , 100s of thousands of bodies or rather bones from bodies down here its around 8kms from one end to the other of bones stacked up and apparently washed, from what i was told there was a shortage of cemetary space and people were dropping of that quickly there wasnt enough room to bury them above ground so they wacked em all down here in these hidious labyrinths, you wind your way down a spiral staircase ,once your down there where the endless corridoors of bones are its very creepy, i dont think words can describe the concept of ones life ending in such an organized mish mash of human remains..

    people of the plague..
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    les Catacombes

    by Tukat Written Aug 28, 2003

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    It's just unforgetable to be 20 meters under ground and see hundreds of thousands human bones correctly layered as ordinary fireplace logs...

    Use of the photo tripod is forbidden. Too bad... Flash is forbidden too but as the security person said 'little flash is ok".

    Bones and Sculls

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    Catacombs

    by newsphotogirl Updated Aug 1, 2003

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    I went off season so there were very few people. You buy a ticket and proceed down several stairways to enter the catacombs. At first I was the only person there. Veeeeery scary! You walk through a display of pictures that I guessed decribed how the catacombs were built and renovated to become the tourist destination they are today. Then you get to the area were bones from different cemetaries are stacked upon each other. The skull and leg bones are stacked in design patterns. The names of each street above you are inscribed on the wall. You can easily imagine the Jewish resistance setting up in these tunnels. I finally saw other people, two men that I practically walked into in my effort to stay close (it was scary in there!). They had a good laugh about that.
    I didn't pay attention to where the exit let you out and I was a little lost, you walk a long way through the tunnels. I found a metro and figured out where I was.

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