Description

The Catacombs of Paris have a large number of remains. The site was a gathering place for the remains excavated from around the city. Bones and skulls line the endless hallways, but only a limited section of a former quarry is open to the public.

The Catacombs comprise an endless stretch of dark passages and mazes. Besides the bones and skulls, which are neatly arranged, you can see some verses underlining the horror of the place. These are the excerpts from various poems and one of them warns the approaching people – Halt, this is the realm of death. You can wander around 1.5 kilometers of hallways that are available for exploring.

The quarry was a quick solution for solving a big problem. Once, Paris had burial grounds throughout the city. It came to that that such places poised risk to public health and people complained about a bad smell. But, nothing was done in that regard a long time. Eventually, a cemetery collapsed after a rain and rotting corpses spilled out from the graves. The quarry’s hallways proved sufficiently empty for the transfer of countless bodies, and the place wasn’t far away from the city back then.


Categories: Cemeteries, Sights & Landmarks, Historic Sites

Wikipedia

Phone Numbers: +33 1 43 22 47 63

Websites: http://www.catacombes.paris.fr

Recommended length of visit: 1 hour

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