The Catacombs

  • Inside view of Catacombs, picture by Philippe Ladet

A real labyrinth through the heart of underground Paris, the catacombs were built into the galleries of old quarries. Twenty metres underground, the ossuary brings together the remains of about six million Parisians, transferred to this site between the late 18th century and the mid 19th century as the capital’s cemeteries were gradually closed for hygienic concerns. Along a twisted path of dark tunnels, visitors discover a staged portrayal of death, with bones arranged in a romantic, yet macabre fashion. This unique site recreates the history of Parisians and invites you to take a trip out of time.

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